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Pope Francis: The soothing remedy of Lent

PERHAPS we see, deep within ourselves and all about us, the signs of a lack of love in the world: selfishness and spiritual sloth, sterile pessimism, the temptation to self-absorption, constant warring among ourselves, and the worldly mentality that makes us concerned only for appearances, and thus lessens our missionary zeal.

An ecumenical spring is coming

Rev Dr Lesley Carroll
A recent prayer service hosted by the Catholic church in Donaghmore was an example of the sort of hope that Vatican II brought to the ecumenical world - but there is still much to be done, says the Rev Dr Lesley Carroll, who spoke at it 

Is there only one way?

THE uniqueness of Christ as Lord and Saviour is increasingly contested in a multi-cultural, multi-faith world - so where does that leave Christianity, with its definitive claims such as Jesus being "the way, the truth and the life"? This challenging subject will be tackled at a lecture in Belfast later this month by a Church of England bishop who grew up in a Muslim home.

Abortion on demand 'not ethical'

THE Church of Ireland's two most senior clerics have said that unrestricted access to abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy "is not an ethical position we can accept".

A conflict frozen in time?

ENCOUNTERING, understanding and accommodating different perspectives and experiences is at the heart of conflict resolution and peace-building.

Praying 'that all may be free'

THE annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts today, heralding a period of prayer and reflection on the theme 'that all may be free'.

Bishop McKeown on pilgrimage to Holy Land

BISHOP of Derry Dr Donal McKeown will be the Irish representative in an international group of clergy when Mass is celebrated today in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

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