WILLIAM SCHOLES

WILLIAM SCHOLES

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If the spheres of religion, motoring and rambling op-ed columns were three sets in a journalistic Venn diagram, then their intersection would contain William Scholes.

He has the pleasures of writing about faith and cars for the Irish News, a blend of God and mammon likely to be unique in daily newspapers, perhaps for good reason.

He is possibly the only journalist to have reported from the funeral of Pope John Paul II, driven an electric BMW i3 at the Brands Hatch race track, a Ferrari round the Ards Peninsula and to have been in St Peter's Square for the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict and Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. He has held the coveted 'tidiest desk in the newsroom' title every year since joining the Irish News in 2002.


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William Scholes: Ecumenical matters wrapped in tentacles of doom

William Scholes: Ecumenical matters wrapped in tentacles of doom

Columnists
IT says something - and a not particularly complimentary something at that - about the state of theological education in Ireland that Father Ted has probably made a greater impact on the public consciousness than all the colleges and seminaries put together.
Mazda 2: 2 good 2 be true?

Mazda 2: 2 good 2 be true?

Motors
In the face of fresh competition, the Mazda 2 has been gently upgraded. It's still a class-leading small car, says William Scholes
'The Pope told us he took ownership of the abuse scandals. It was momentous'

'The Pope told us he took ownership of the abuse scandals. It was momentous'

Faith Matters
Two weeks ago, Fr Patrick McCafferty told his Belfast congregation that Pope Francis should not come to Ireland because he should instead be dealing with the Catholic Church's unfolding abuse crisis. But then he was invited to be part of a group of abuse survivors who would meet the Pope. He tells William Scholes about the encounter
From Rome to Croke Park in 12 hours with Pope Francis

From Rome to Croke Park in 12 hours with Pope Francis

Pope's visit
'UNGODLY hour' might not be the correct term when you are about to fly with the Pope, but it well describes the 3.45am alarm call that woke me on Saturday after a couple of hours' restless sleep.

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