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Rev Brian Anderson: A secure home is the right of all

Christians have a duty to be at the forefront of care and compassion for the homeless, says the Rev Brian Anderson of the Irish Inter-Church Meeting, which has produced new housing insecurity and homelessness resources

Living with suicide and bereavement

FOR generations, the oasis of Lough Derg in Co Donegal has been a place of pilgrimage for people seeking God's strength in the face of life's difficulties and light in times of darkness.

Martin Henry: The promise of the Assumption of Mary

Today marks the Feast of the Assumption, when Catholics celebrate the belief that God took up the body of the Virgin Mary into heaven at the end of her earthly life. Fr Martin Henry explores its significance

Clerical abuse: 'We can join our forces against the real wolves'

One of the most memorable contributions at the Vatican child protection summit in February came from veteran Vatican correspondent Valentina Alazraki, who has reported on the Church for more than 40 years. In a powerful address to bishops, she drew on her experience as a mother, a Catholic and a journalist to urge them to reject the culture of secrecy. She explained how transparent communication is indispensable in the fight against sexual abuse - and that the press is not the enemy of the Church

John Bruton: Humility is the first step towards persuasion

In a wide-ranging interview, former Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader John Bruton talks to Fr Chris Hayden about the Church-State relationship in Ireland, politics and conscience, constitutional nationalism and violence, and the liberalisation of abortion

Fr Pat Tumilty: The non-sectarian God

"THE truth I have now come to realise," said Peter to the gentile Cornelius, "is that God does not have any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him" (Acts 10:34).