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Martin Henry: Making sense of faith and fear

Martin Henry
Fear is a very real emotion, and Christianity doesn't seek to deny its reality, says Martin Henry. But nor does it claim that fear can create or give rise to true faith

A different view of the Magdalene laundries

J. Anthony Gaughan
The story of the Our Lady of Charity Refuges, better known as Magdalene laundries, is a complex one. The sisters who ran them were, more than most, the target of so-called 'fake news', says J. Anthony Gaughan

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".

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