17Sep The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins meeting Pope Francis in Rome

A clip of President Higgins meeting Pope Francis in the Vatican today.




16Sep In America: Bishop Stowe – Catholics deserve to know if their priest is unvaccinated

America Magazine reports:

Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M.Conv., last month asked that diocesan employees working at the Catholic Center in the Diocese of Lexington, Ky., vaccinate themselves against Covid-19, extending a mandate that had already been announced for faculty and … Read the rest

15Sep Soline Humbert – On consulting the faithful: one woman’s experience

On consulting the faithful: one woman’s experience.

The present appeal to the faithful to contribute at diocesan level to the Synod of Bishops has led me to reflect back  and to wonder: How do you ”walk together’ ‘when you have … Read the rest

13Sep Tony Flannery on his sister Geraldine’s death and funeral

From Tony Flannery’s Blog on Sept 12: 



Geraldine’s death and Funeral

It is now two weeks since my sister Geraldine Flannery succumbed to the debilitating effects of a long standing heart condition, and died quietly and apparently easily. … Read the rest

12Sep Mike Harding on life in St Bede’s College, Manchester…

Regular ACP online contributor Paddy Ferry has recommended the following article by Mike Harding in the Irish Times. 

Mike Harding is a folk musician, stand-up comic, broadcaster and poet who lives in Connemara and Yorkshire.

Link to article:


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12Sep Pope Francis – latest apostolic trip

Link to Vatican News:



Links for speeches taken from


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11Sep Dr Mary McAleese – Root and Branch Synod Bristol 

Root and Branch Synod Bristol  Friday September 10 at 2.00 pm

Opening keynote address by Dr. Mary McAleese

“No Synodality Without Freedom of Speech– Canon law must acknowledge the human rights of Church members”


Session-zoom delivery

14.00-14.45 Keynote Address

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10Sep Fr Bernárd Lynch – abuse lawsuit dropped

Fr Bernárd Lynch was accused by person/persons unknown just as he was to receive an Award in 2019 from President Michael Higgins. Bernárd Lynch has not been charged with any crime. Those unknown person(s) who made the accusation have now … Read the rest

10Sep Séamus Ahearne: Churches and foxes and herons and heroes…

Much ado about nothing

The Fox and the Heron:

I sometimes meet two herons at the Tolka River in the mornings. They are never together and maintain an appropriate distance from each other. Social distancing goes beyond the two metres. … Read the rest

10Sep Brendan Hoban on Dedalus and the ties that bind us to the Catholic Church  

The ties that bind us to the Catholic Church  

Western People 7.09.2021

James Joyce, probably Ireland’s most lauded novelist, famously rejected Catholicism, the religion of his youth. In the autobiographical, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManRead the rest