“It’s safe to say that that was a pretty emotional thing that we’ve just done. It’s something I’ll never forget,” says TV vicar after Lourdes immersion.
“A visit to Northern Ireland, particularly with our history and with all that we've been through, is going to require a dedicated time,” says Archbishop Eamon Martin.
It is said that there are weeks when the BBC Songs of Praise regularly wins a larger Irish audience than RTE produced religious affairs programming.
Three years after Martina Purdy joined the Adoration Sisters in west Belfast, she will profess her vows along with former barrister, Sr Elaine of the Heart of Jesus Kelly.
“Today too the Church, to bear witness to the light and the truth, is experiencing severe persecution in different places, up to the supreme test of martyrdom.”
“I am delighted to be re-joining the BBC at this time and in this subject area. The opportunity to cover the broad spectrum of religious affairs is challenging and compelling and I cannot wait to get started” - Martin Bashir.
71-year-old Passionist priest says he would have no personal objection to giving his blessing to same-sex marriages but cannot at present because the Church doesn’t allow it.
Lord Alton suggests John Frain’s account of the role of Catholics in opposing Hitler and Nazism should be read as it also shows the Church's repeated denunciations of anti-Semitism and Nazism from 1928 onwards.
“Even as a student, his special talents were clearly in evidence whether performing with distinction in the school opera or simply keeping his friends continually entertained."
Sr Rita Lee has urged the British government not to “cut the benefits of the less well off” stating “I’m not a politician, but I know that more needs to be done".
Martina Purdy and former family lawyer Elaine Kelly embark on the next stage of their journey into religious life, as Adoration Sisters welcome new postulant.