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So this is Christmas. And what have you done? Another year over. A new one begun . . . okay, okay. I know! And no. This is not a two-weeks- later-than(...)

Miler Magrath: “The rehabilitation process could be tricky. For Catholics, Miler has the double black mark of being a ‘heretic’  for taking the Oath of Supremacy to Elizabeth and for having been excommunicated. On the Protestant side, Miler is an embarrassment, although the only known portrait of him hangs alongside those of other bishops in the Clogher episcopal gallery. ”

It may be time to rehabilitate Miler Magrath as Ireland’s pioneering ecumenist. He managed to be simultaneously a Catholic and a Protestant bishop, a (...)

Gradually and for a variety of reasons, the memory of Mary Magdalene changed in the Western church – Actors Pascal Lacey playing the part of Jesus Christ, Margaret Walshas Mary, Eva Mulhare as Mary Magdalene ,and William Byrne, as John the Apostle during the Ballylinan Passion Play on stage at St. Annes Community Hall Ballylinan in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

In a recent letter to The IrishTimes on the subject of mother-and-baby homes, Dr Mary Mullaney wrote: “I visited the chapel [of Seán Ross Abbey] where(...)

Pat Cox: said the values that Columban promoted were essential to the wellbeing and stability of contemporary European society. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

In AD 590, St Columban and his 12 companions sailed from Bangor, Co Down. During the next 20 years he established monasteries in eastern Gaul at Anneg(...)

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