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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).

Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, a family of faith

TOMORROW, July 12, marks the feast day of Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux and the first married couple to be made saints together by the Catholic Church.

Honouring St Oliver Plunkett with the martyrs of yesterday, today and tomorrow

The 350th anniversary of St Oliver Plunkett's appointment as Archbishop of Armagh was marked on Tuesday with the unveiling of a statue in honour of not only the martyred saint but also those who have died their faith 'yesterday, today and tomorrow'. Archbishop Eamon Martin explains the significance of the new shrine in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh

Cologne's cathedral to wisdom and centuries of witness

J. Anthony Gaughan
Visited by more than six million people annually and considered the world's largest building upon its eventual completion in 1880, Cologne Cathedral has been a centre of pilgrimage for centuries, writes J. Anthony Gaughan

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