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A priesthood of all believers?

Sean O'Conaill
Ireland's Catholic bishops have been too slow to address the problems of a clericalised Church and a laity that often feels disconnected or is absent altogether, says Sean O'Conaill

Jean Vanier's life challenges us all

Diarmuid Pepper
The life of Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche who died in May, should inspire all of us to treat everyone with dignity and respect, writes Diarmuid Pepper

Europe must remember its history and protect refugees

Caoimhe de Barra, Trócaire
Donald Trump is criticised for how the United States polices its southern border, but equal attention needs to be paid to how Europe has responded to desperation in its neighbouring countries, says Caoimhe de Barra

Vatican formally opens debate on married priests

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press
The Vatican has formally opened debate on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass.

Finding a home in today's Church

The Catholic Church can feel like a tired place struggling to adjust to modern challenges, writes Brian McKee. A conference this month aims to replace the sense of frustration with one of hope

Book matters

A Faith matters round-up of the latest recommended reading

Opinion: What's the best a man can be?

Oisín Walsh
Concepts like 'toxic masculinity' and 'male privilege' have put the question of what it means to be a man under scrutiny like never before. Oisín Walsh asks what men are supposed to do about this, and considers a Christian response

Building for future generations

William Scholes
As the Church of Ireland General Synod opens in Derry today, Archbishop of Armagh Richard Clarke talks to William Scholes