31Dec Chris McDonnell’s ‘Catholic Times’ column – This Christmas Season

This Christmas Season

Chris McDonnell CT January 01 2021

Christmas has been different this year. Much of the spontaneity has been missing. The gathering of friends at short notice for a meal, the family visits and stay-over’s, finding a seat … Read the rest

31Dec 7th day in the Octave of Christmas

John's small Christian community had been badly shaken by recent events. Their membership has dropped, and no doubt bitter words were exchanged about former members who had turned away and left. But..

30Dec 6th day in the Octave of Christmas

What distinguishes Anna is her age, eighty four years old, and the fact that she never left the Temple, but remained there, serving God night and day with prayer and fasting...

29Dec Death of Msgr Tom Stack, Dublin

The Irish Times reports:

The death has taken place of Msgr Tom Stack, former parish priest at Milltown in Dublin, regular contributor to The Irish Times and frequent guest on radio and television programmes. He died peacefully at Our Lady’s … Read the rest

29Dec Tony Flannery reflects on the appointment of the new Archbishop of Dublin

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My initial thoughts on the new appointment to head of Dublin Archdiocese.

It is no surprise to me, or, I’m sure to most people, that the choice fell to Dermot Farrell, current bishop of Ossory and former … Read the rest

29Dec Soline Humbert writes…

When There Was No Room At The Church Inn And A Wise Woman Came With A Gift

Twenty five years ago today a friend of mine, a missionary sister returning from Africa, gave me a very special present with these … Read the rest

29Dec Roy Donovan: We need a new kind of Crib…

We need a new kind of Crib?

Scholars tell us that the nativity scene in the Matthew and Luke infancy narratives is not historical but religious myth/stories to convey that God is doing something extraordinary new in the coming of … Read the rest

29Dec Head of German bishops, self-described conservative, calls for changing church teaching on LGBT people and women

America Magazine reports:

BERLIN (CNS) — In a wide-ranging interview, the head of the German bishops’ conference called for far-reaching changes to the Catholic Church and criticized the Vatican’s treatment of the church in his country.


29Dec Bishop Dermot Farrell appointed as the new Archbishop of Dublin

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has appointed the Most Reverend Dr Dermot Farrell, until now Bishop of Ossory, as Archbishop of Dublin.



Address of Bishop Dermot Farrell on his appointment…



29Dec 5th day in the Octave of Christmas

Simeon, a devout elderly Jew, took the child in his arms and blessed God. If every child is fascinating, how much more was the child Jesus? Having held him and gazed at him, Simeon was ready to leave this world and go to God.