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A priest of the Diocese of Derry, Fr. Brendan Collins discusses the historic referendum which legalized same-sex marriage in Ireland. How are you going to spend the next five minutes of your time?  You could browse social media or check your email, but how about meeting a fascinating person and learning something relevant that will ...read more
Today on Perspectives, a French court orders the removal of a statue of St. John Paul II, Palestine to get two new saints and Catholic News Service looks at an enclosed group of Irish nuns who have used to technology to engage the world. ...read more
Today on Perspectives, the Archdiocese of Quebec announces the re-opening of the Holy Door in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Quebec and Catholic News Service looks at the myths and the facts surrounding St. Patrick. ...read more
Today on Perspectives, the bishops of Ireland condemn attempts to introduce gay marriage, Catholic News Service explores the miracles attributed to a Marian Shrine in Ireland and a statue of Archbishop Romero is vandalized. ...read more
Today on Perspectives, the Vatican works to clarify an article in Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper quoting Pope Francis on a series of on controversial topics. We also look at Pope Francis’ Sunday Angelus address where he addressed the escalating violence in the Holy Land. Finally we hear about three new bishops named in Hong Kong ...read more
In Afghanistan yesterday, the country’s Jesuit Refugee Service Director was taken captive. Indian Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar was leaving a Jesuit supported school for refugees, when he was kidnapped by a group of unidentified assailants. Father Peter Balleis, international director of Jesuit Refugee Services, said that, “We are deeply shocked by Father Prem’s abduction. ...read more
Below is the full text of the catechesis by Maria Voce, leader of the Focolare Movement, as delivered on Day 2 of the 2012 International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland. Communion in one Baptism Ten years ago I visited Ireland for the first time. I came to be with a dear friend, Lieta Betoño, who ...read more
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