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A man of his wordIn advance of this month’s papal visit to Ireland, Wim Wenders’ new documentary on the current Bishop of Rome receives a cinema release.  ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’ is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him.

Wim Wenders’ documentary profile of Pope Francis gives viewers a far more intimate view of its subject than they will ever get from TV footage of papal rallies and services in the Vatican and around the world. 

Consisting mostly of interviews in which the Pope holds forth honestly and without hesitation on a range of topics including the wealth of the Church, the film is at its best when at its simplest, with the former Jorge Bergoglio coming across as a man of supreme decency and compassion who truly believes in practising what he preaches.

The movie trailer is available here.

WMOF2018 Dublin IrelandAt least three thousand volunteers are needed to assist with the planning and organising of the ninth World Meeting of Families which Pope Francis asked Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to host in Dublin in 2018.  This six-day festival of faith will take place from 21 to 26 August next year with the theme: “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”. 

Volunteers must be resident in Ireland, over 18 years of age and respectful of the Catholic ethos of the event.  Volunteers will also assist at related preparatory events which will take place around the country.

Closing date for Volunteer Applications extended! Apply now!

choose lifeSermon by Monsignor Lorcan O'Brien
Sixth Sunday of Easter, B, 6th. May, 2018.

The referendum on whether or not to repeal the 8th. amendment of the Irish Constitution is a most serious question of conscience for the citizens of the Irish Republic, touching as it does the most basic of human rights, the right to life. Each of us bears a big responsibility in how we influence the outcome, even if we should decide not to vote. The decision of the Irish people will have consequences not only for the child in the womb but will shape respect for the right to life more generally. Today, it’s the child in the womb, tomorrow the fragile older person.