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Living with a Rare Disease: Caring and Advocacy – An Interview with Les Martin

To download this article along with the full June 2020 edition of Intercom, click the link: June Intercom 2020 CHRIS HAYDEN: Les, please tell us about the medical condition of your boys, Cathal and Ciaran. LES MARTIN: The boys have a rare, genetic condition called metachromatic leukodystrophy, MLD. It occurs in about one in forty thousand

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The Ongoing Task of Vocations Promotion in Ireland

Being a priest or religious in Ireland today is both challenging and adventurous. The reality is that there are fewer priests and religious engaged in active ministry than in the past and our Catholic population is changing – the numbers of priests and religious in our country is declining, in our congregations the average age

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The Mission and Work of Every Life Counts – Vicky Wall

Who We Are Every Life Counts provides parents who have received a life-limiting diagnosis for their unborn baby with the vital support they need to let love shine through. We were created in 2014, out of a need to help families who find themselves in a situation where their baby may not live for long

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An Easter People – Orla Walsh

When my mother brought home wallpaper and paint, it meant that we were preparing for Easter. We didn’t ever prepare for Christmas the way we prepared for Easter. There was always a room to be decorated and curtains to be taken down, hand-washed and pressed. We were regularly reminded of her youth, when the walls

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Being Ready to Challenge Legal Recognition of Surrogacy – David Mullins

Surrogacy is an area of wide-ranging complexity, acting as it does as a kind of nexus for a whole host of other ethical concerns. This article will touch upon only some of them and even then, only tangentially. Also, it is worth bearing in mind at the outset that despite the seriousness of the ethical

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Reflections on a Creation Spirituality Retreat – Liam O’Kelly OFM

A couple of years back, I participated in a retreat in Ibricken Lodge, Spanish Point, Co Clare. Outside, the Atlantic’s waves tumbled onto the shore, majestic and alluring. Inside, like a group of budding scientists, we peered through microscopes at tiny, delicate wild flowers, which we had picked earlier, on a walk to the sea.

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Anticipating the Second Anniversary of the Repeal of the Eighth Amendment – Michael Dwyer

The repeal of the eighth amendment in 2018 was, to many of us, a source of deep grief. The margin of defeat, however, was no less than shocking. Talking to pro-life activists across the country, I know that many woke on the Sunday after the referendum in what seemed to them to be a different

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The Key to Ecological Conversion – Fr Eamonn Conway

The Encyclical Laudato Si’, published in 2015, and Querida Amazonia, the Post-Synodal Exhortation published in February of this year, tap readily into the increasing awareness that young people have of the enormity of the ecological crisis that we now face. Querida Amazonia (‘Dear Amazon’), following the 2019 Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for

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Assisted Suicide: Compassion and Choice or Callousness and Coercion? – Patricia Casey

An American organisation, Compassion and Choice, formerly the Hemlock Society, has adopted an appealing and catchy slogan to promote their campaign for assisted suicide. The words ‘compassion’ and ‘choice’ resonate with modern society since their antonyms are cruelty and coercion. There is a danger that this language may help shut down the debate and generate

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Rejoicing in our Easter Faith – Fr Enda Murphy

‘Do you not know that all of us who have been baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death?’ Saint Paul’s no-nonsense rhetorical question to the Christians of Rome is crying out for the obvious answer: ‘Of course we do!’ Yet the very fact that Paul needs to pose such a question hints that

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