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A stab crucifix hangs in an Irish church. OSV News photo/Warren Matthews
America Staff
The numbers tell a bleak story for the Catholic Church in Ireland
A damaged inflatable dinghy is seen on Loon Beach in Dunkirk, France, on Nov. 25, 2021, the day after 27 migrants died when their dinghy deflated as they attempted to cross the English Channel. (CNS photo/Johanna Geron, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
David Stewart
Condemned by the Jesuit Refugee Service UK as a “cruel plan” that “violates human dignity,” the policy authorizes deporting people who come to the United Kingdom in search of safety to Rwanda.
Father Gerard Quirke raises the chalice at Mass Rock overlooking Keem Bay on Ireland's Achill Island April 4, 2021. The church in Ireland is launching a Year for Vocations as it grapples with a steep decline in seminary numbers and with aging priests. (OSV News photo/Seán Molloy, courtesy Irish Catholic)
Kevin Hargaden
RTÉ aired two documentaries in January looking at the decline of the Catholic Church in Ireland: “The Last Priests in Ireland” and “The Last Nuns in Ireland.” But signs of hope can still be discerned amid the decline after years of church turbulence.
Arts & CultureBooks
Mike Mastromatteo
Like much of Liam Callanan’s fiction, 'When in Rome' hints at the action of divine grace in people’s lives and how the protagonists come to understand and appreciate its beneficence.
International flags wave on top of the Davos Congress Center where the World Economic Forum takes place in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 15 until Jan. 19, 2024.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Politics & SocietyThe Weekly Dispatch
Kevin Clarke
From a Catholic point of view, there is good reason to look askance at some of the “false promises” coming out of Davos, including the idea that better technology and the economic system as it is can deal with global poverty, inequality and care of creation.
Christmas nativity hand made by religious in Spain
Bridget Ryder
The Christmas fair in Madrid was the work of Fundación Contemplare, a nonprofit set up to help Spain’s monasteries continue a legacy of gourmet baked goods and handmade candies but also, more importantly, to support contemplative life and reconnect monasteries with the world around them.