Faithcast is the new faith podcast from www.catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Initially published fortnightly the podcast is now available weekly on Mondays. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland.
Episode 9 [10 April 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast Brenda spoke to Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, about how we can best live Holy Week 2017. She also spoke to Father Vincent Sherlock who shared his thoughts on the meaning of Holy Week. The news snippets focused on Archbishop Eamon Martin’s remarks at the annual Mass for the Disappeared; the washing of the feet by Pope Francis this coming Thursday in Paliano prison; Father John Murray’s new book Saints for the Journey which offers saintly inspiration for everyday life; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop Michael Jackson to lead this year’s Good Friday Walk of Witness through the streets of Dublin; and, the opening of the Pope’s laundry for the poor and the homeless.
Episode 8 [3 April 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Francis Duffy about sustaining faith in the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. She also spoke to Pamela McLoughlin from Veritas about one of their new publications The Cross of Addiction, which is edited by Deacon Barry Matthews. The news snippets focused on Pope Francis’ letter of invitation to the faithful to take part in preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018; Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week and Easter; a special family day at Knock Shrine; and, Pope Francis’ inspirational words on the grace to be witnesses of life and hope in a world that is thirsting for it.
Episode 7 [27 March 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, about living Lent 2017. She also spoke to Ruth Kilcullen, Communications Officer with APT (Act to Prevent Trafficking) about The Gift Box initiative. The news snippets focused on Archbishop Eamon Martin’s address on the importance of faith in the public square; Knock Shrine’s Mass for Donor Awareness Week; Bishop Francis Duffy’s pastoral letter on sustaining faith in the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois and Pope Francis’ invitation to ‘look to the light of Christ’.
Episode 6 [20 March 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, about how we can #LiveLent 2017. She also spoke to Sister Marie Dunne CHF, about her new instrumental collection called ‘Ripples of the Divine’. The news snippets focused on Archbishop Eamon Martin’s message for Saint Patrick’s Day; Knock Shrine’s celebration of families on 8 April; Bishop Paul Tighe’s address at the Texan Tech Conference; Pope Francis’ comments about Saint Joseph and, 24 Hours for the Lord 2017.
Episode 5 [14 March 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe, about living Lent 2017. She also spoke to Pamela McLoughlin, Publicist with Veritas Publications about some of their resources on Saint Patrick. The news snippets focused on the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference Spring General Meeting, the conclusion of Archbishop Charles J Brown’s time as Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, the anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, the Joy of Bells initiative and the death of Bishop Eamonn Casey RIP.
Episode 4 [6 March 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Finola Finnane of Trócaire about this year’s Lenten campaign and to Father Vincent Sherlock about his new booklet on ‘The Stations of the Cross’. The news snippets focused on the #LiveLent initiative 2017, The Bishops’ Conference presentation to the Citizens’ Assembly, Emmanuel 2017 in the Archdiocese of Dublin and Pope Francis’ words about the bible and smartphones!
Episode 3 [13 February 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father Tim Bartlett, Secretary General of the World Meeting of Families 2018 about a ‘joy of love’ initiative and about what Pope Francis had to say recently about Saint Valentine’s Day. Brenda also spoke to Mary Johnston of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service about the effects of technology on marriage and family like and asks if it is time to switch off. The news snippets focused on an Art for Faith exhibition in Maynooth, World Day of the Sick and Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2017.
Episode 2 [29 January 2017]: In this second episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father Tom Deenihan about Catholic Schools Week 2017 and to Brian Quinn about a seminar on art and architecture on 9 February. Brenda also heard from Archbishop Eamon Martin and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin about their Ad Limina meeting with Pope Francis in Rome.The news snippets focused on World Youth Day 2019, World Day of the Sick and Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day 2017.
Episode 1 [15 January 2017]: In this first episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Maria Kane from Trócaire and Tony Brennan from the Pope John Paul II Award. The news snippets looked at the Bishops’ Ad Limina visit, Catholic Schools Week 2017, World Day of Migrants and Refugees and the upcoming Synod on young people and vocational discernment in 2018.
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