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Derry Diocesan Youth Ministry goes online, with success

The online programme has kept an open dialogue between the Derry Youth ministry team and the young people of Derry Diocese.


Bishop Dermot Farrell publishes “Opening the Way to the Scriptures”

“In a time where some speak of a ‘post-truth’ society, one in which ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ are the order of the day, we know that ‘the word of God is alive’ (Heb 4:12)” – Bishop Dermot Farrell.


Dublin gears up to celebrate world’s first Word of God Sunday next week

“You may be surprised at the power you find in the Bible,” says Fr Pádraig McCarthy.


Life of faith in a post-Hawking era is not easy: CofI Primate

“People of faith cannot escape, nor should we want to escape, the expansion of perspective on the cosmos that he has given us."


Augustinians to sell Orlagh retreat house

Centre has cost the Order €500,000 over the past three years to keep open and this level of funding cannot be sustained into the future.


New film ‘Risen’ touted as biblical CSI

Epic story of the Resurrection told through the eyes of an unbelieving Roman solider, Calvius, played by British star, Joseph Fiennes.


Bishop of Limerick launches new book on mercy

'The Message of Mercy' urges readers to question their understanding of mercy towards themselves & others and foster a deeper relationship with God.


‘Ecumenism is key to Ecumenical Bible Week’

"Many reflective Catholics are taking up the scriptures because there they find that nourishment that keeps them in a faithful relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit."


Women entering UK convents hits 25 year high

From a low point of 7 in 2004, the numbers have steadily increased to a high point of 45 in 2014.


Archbishop pays tribute to “powerful communicator”

Dr Neary launches ‘Earthing the Word: Selected Writings from the Furrow’ by the late Fr Tommy Waldron.


Why no Lord’s Supper at the Last Supper

In his workshop at IEC2012 Kieran O’Mahony OSA explored the teaching on the Eucharist to be found in the Fourth Gospel.


Through the Eyes of the Apostles Exhibition

This sensory rich installation was one of the highlights of IEC2012 for many pilgrims- it transports visitors to Capernaum, the village on the shores of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus lived during His public ministry.


How to read the Bible: A manual for beginners …

Fr Brendan McConvery, CSsR, has written a really user-friendly manual to help ordinary people explore the Bible in an accessible and non-threatening way.


The Word is Flesh and Blood: The Eucharist …

This book follows the movement of the Mass - assembly, word, Eucharist and mission - exploring the biblical sources of the Eucharist. Editors: V. Boland OP and T. McCarthy OP


God’s Passion: Praying with Mark

This book is one of the series Praying with the Gospels that follows the lectionary cycle.The author Terry Hinks is a minister in the United Reform Church serving in Hampshire.


Navigating the Gospels: Matthew

Philip Fogarty SJ is a former Headmaster of Clongowes Wood College and of Coláiste Iognáid, Galway. This is his third book in the series Navigating the Gospels.


Journeying the Year of Matthew: Reflections …

John Littleton's book provides readers with an overview of the Gospel of Matthew, (Sundays, Year A) It would be useful for priests preparing a homily for the Sunday Mass.


The use of Scripture in the Church

For the use of scripture in the Church,  see The Catechism of the Catholic Church. 131-141.   http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p1s1c2a3.htm#V


The interpretation of Scripture

To know about the interpretation of scripture, that is, the criteria for understanding what God might be saying to you as you hear a reader proclaim scripture passage in church or as you read part of it quietly in your room.  See The Catechism of the Catholic Church.  109-119.   http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p1s1c2a3.htm#III


Inspiration and the truth of Scripture

For the inspiration and the truth of scripture:  See The Catechism of the Catholic Church. 101-108.   http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p1s1c2a3.htm#I


Contemporary translations of the Bible into English

Which Bible is the most readable in contemporary English? Which is the most accurate and faithful to the original language?  Patrick Duffy assesses contemporary translations of the Bible with regard to accuracy of translation and readability in English.


Missionaries and the Bible

Patrick Duffy comments on a distinct difference between how Catholic and Protestant used the Bible.


Early translations of the Bible into English

Patrick Duffy draws on Henry Wansbrough OSB’s book, The Story of the Bible: How it came to us (Darton, Longman and Todd 2006) to summarise information on translations into Old, Middle and Early Modern English.


Early translations of the Bible in general

This is an account of early translations of the Bible. Patrick Duffy draws on Henry Wansbrough OSB’s book, The Story of the Bible: How it came to us (Darton, Longman and Todd 2006).


The Gospel of Mark: a commentary

Michael Mullins’s commentary on Mark’s gospel is offered as a textbook for students of theology, as a guide for serious readers, as support for preachers, to the many people who practise lectio divina and spiritual reading. No prior technical knowledge of biblical scholarship is assumed.



Mary was at home in Nazareth, looking forward to being married to Joseph. She was probably a teenager at the time because in those days it was usual to get married when you were between 13 and 16. She was a good Jewish girl and would no doubt know all [...]


The Annunciation

The ‘fall of the angels’ myth in Jewish culture in the two centuries before the birth of Jesus and how we understand it may enhance our grasp of the meaning of the Annunciation. Martin Henry explains.


Fishers of men

This second article by Philip Fogarty SJ on the Gospel of Mark shows how the call of the disciples, his teaching with authority, heaing on the sabbath and forgiving sins brings up the question: Who is this man?


The prayer of nagging

Fr Oliver Treanor looks at the parable of the widow and the unjust judge and draws out its meaning for us in our life of prayer.


The Gospel of Matthew: a commentary

Fr Michael Mullins lectures in Scripture in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. He has already produced commentaries on the gospels of John and Mark. Again this commentary on Matthew gospel is a thorough and scholarly, but written in a readable style.

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