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The three Irish Government leaders from left, Minister Eamon Ryan, Taoiseach Simon Harris and Tanaiste Micheal Martin speak to the media during a press conference outside the Government Buildings, in Dublin, Ireland, on May 22, 2024. European Union countries Spain and Ireland as well as Norway on Wednesday announced dates for recognizing Palestine as a state. (Damien Storan/PA via AP)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Hargaden
Palestinians face a much stronger neighbor who apparently can occupy territory with impunity. Irish people, with a strong cultural memory of British rule, have a visceral reaction to such a situation, he suggests.
Arts & CultureCatholic Movie Club
John Dougherty
Philomena’s faith doesn’t dismiss or excuse the church’s sins, but she has made peace with living in the tension.
Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic News Service
Speaking at a conference about the synod in Knock, County Mayo, Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary-general of the synod, said that “Fiducia Supplicans,” will not affect the forthcoming second session of the Synod on Synodality.
Arts & CultureCatholic Book Club
James T. Keane
Elizabeth Cullinan's literary output was not prodigious—but her memorable characters and close attention to the Irish-American culture in which she lived made her a prominent fiction writer in the '70s and '80s.
Arts & CultureMusic
Michael O’Brien
Celebrating the lives and songs of Sinéad O’Connor and Shane MacGowan, a wealth of artists performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 20 to give new life to the departed artists’ ballads.
Politics & SocietyLast Take
Frances Collins
On St. Patrick’s Day, we have the opportunity to acknowledge the enormous contributions to the causes of peace and justice made by the Irish diaspora the world over.