Carmel Heaney

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Pope Francis speaks with Iraqi president Barham Salih  during a meeting at the presidential palace in Baghdad  on March 5th, 2021. Photograph: Vatican media handout/EPA

The influential sociologist Max Weber (1864-1920) proposed the theory that religion would wither away with the advance of science and education. That (...)

Old age is a privilege, a gift, a grace. It is to be enjoyed, celebrated and valued.  Photograph: Getty

Under Level 5 pandemic restrictions the “over-70s” have been treated more or less the same as the rest of the population. This is in contrast to the h(...)

Supermarket workers: the pandemic unemployment benefit was more than some of these workers were paid ordinarily.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Pope Francis, in a recent address, referred to “a pandemic of poverty” throughout the world. Almost 15 per cent of the world’s population live in extr(...)

Irish doctors arriving back in Dublin Airport from  Australia to help with the Covid-19 crisis. The auspices are good, from the surge of volunteers flocking to the HSE to the neighbourly help offered to the elderly. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Good behaviour is a concept that has come back into the public discourse since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. It is no longer a quaint reli(...)

Does the Charter for Compassion get us closer to doing unto others as we would want them to do unto us?

Last month RTÉ showed a programme called Divorcing God. Its theme was whether the decline in Catholic religious practice in Ireland was depriving soci(...)

Michael Noonan: guest speaker.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
Noonan headlines Mayo event

In another sign that things are picking up, the Mayo Association hosts its annual lunch in the Dublin 4’s Four Seasons today. The shindig is always we(...)