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When you think of religious pilgrimage, the Holy Land comes to mind, or perhaps the Vatican. But there’s another pilgrimage destination where ancient ruins emerge from a dramatic landscape – testaments to an over 1500-year-old Christian tradition. This destination is Ireland, whose heritage was celebrated at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. Catholic Focus takes a ...read more
Full disclosure: my family tree doesn’t extend even a single root in Ireland. So when I traveled to Dublin last summer for the International Eucharistic Congress, I didn’t know much about the nation’s history. That would explain my surprise  when Tourism Ireland proposed that, during our stay, we visit the country’s religious pilgrimage sites. ‘Why ...read more
Reverend Brendan Collins is a Catholic Deacon for the Diocese of Derry, presently based in pastoral ministry in Northern Ireland.  After high school Deacon Brendan studied Business at University and worked in retail management before entering seminary in 2006.  He was a member of the International Liturgy Group for World Youth Day in Australia 2008 ...read more
In 1989, Fr. Charles Brown was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of New York by the late Cardinal John O’Connor.  Fr. Charles Brown served from 1989 to 1991 as associate pastor of St. Brendan’s Parish in the Bronx, New York City.  After many years working as a close collaborator to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at ...read more
Salt + Light Television is pleased to bring you the Opening Ceremony and Mass from the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland, via our YouTube channel. The homily was given by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. Note: The Opening Mass begins at 2 hours and 57 seconds. ...read more
Salt + Light’s Sebastian Gomes speaks with pilgrims from the Diocese of London, Ontario about their hopes for this year’s Congress. ...read more
His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops Papal Legate to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress June 10,2012 Dublin, Ireland I warmly greet all of you here: my brother bishops and priests, consecrated men and women and the many faithful from Ireland and from around the world who have gathered here for ...read more
Prior to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, the Salt + Light crew visited a number of historic religious sites across Ireland.  St. Canice’s Cathedral and its Round Tower (photo) are distinct parts of the heritage of the vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny. The tower, which dates from the mid-9th century, is the oldest standing structure in ...read more
Salt + Light is proud to offer you extensive coverage of this coming International Eucharistic Congress. We have a micro site specifically dedicated to this international event at saltandlighttv.org/iec Click here to see a complete listing of our TV and online-live streaming broadcast schedule Find speeches, reflections, homilies, and other articles of interest on our ...read more
On the June 8 edition of Perspectives: The Weekly Edition, Pedro plays devil’s advocate and asks Fr. Kevin Doran, Secretary General of the 2012 International Eucharistic Congress, why we should go to Ireland to attend. Some people think it’s a World Youth Day for adults, but is that accurate? Tune in to find out why this ...read more