REMEMBER the nursery rhyme, "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How does your garden grow?"? Well, it came into my head last week when I read that Mary McAleese, formerly of this parish, described the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality as evil.
CLERICAL sexual abuse, secularisation and the role of women in the Church are themes with particular resonances in Ireland that Pope Francis should address during his visit to the World Meeting of Families next weekend, according to a leading Vatican commentator.
Whether you're planning to make the trip to Dublin to see Pope Francis during his visit or hoping to catch a glance of the Pontiff on TV, a special range of products have been released for sale to mark the special occasion.
Ahead of his visit to Ireland this month, The Path to Change, published today, gives a fascinating insight into the thinking and formation of Pope Francis. The book is based on a series of wide-ranging conversations between Francis and French journalist Dominique Wolton on everything from politics, migration and family to secularism, religion and war. It reveals Francis as a friendly, unpretentious and accessible figure, as he shares private stories which help explain how his experiences have shaped his vision for the future of the Catholic Church. In this extract, he shares his thoughts on communication - including the perils of surly parish secretaries and priests who are prescriptive about their availability to the people - and the humility of Pope John Paul II
ARMAGH will help set the tone for this month's World Meeting of Families when St Patrick's Cathedral hosts the Relics of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin and their daughter, Saint Therese of Lisieux on Sunday August 12.
Former Irish president Mary McAleese has told of how she shut down a conversation with a Vatican official following an attempt to secure an agreement with Ireland that it would not access church documents.
In the second part of an interview with Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the Dublin-born head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life talks to Fr Chris Hayden about the challenge of living in a culture hostile to Christian belief