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Faithcast is the weekly 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.

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Episode archive: 

July 2017: 

Episode 22 [13 July 2017]:  In this episode  of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Eoin Wrenn, Trócaire’s Head of Region for east-Africa, about the emergency situation in east-Africa, where 25 million people are facing an extreme hunger crisis. She also spoke to Gary Carville, Diocesan Communications Officer in Clogher, about the importance of introducing young people to pilgrimage. The faith news this week featured Archbishop Eamon Martin’s comments on Fatima, Knock and Lourdes as hope-filled and challenging gifts to the faithful; the ordination of former Manchester United footballer Father Philip Mulryne; the new documentary from Trócaire This is Palestine; Claims by archaeologists that they have discovered the remains of the cell of Saint Columba on the Scottish island of Iona; and, President Michael D. Higgins’ tribute to the decision by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to organise special collections at churches to raise funds for people affected by the east-Africa hunger crisis.

Episode 21 [5 July 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Ephrem Feeley, the composer of ‘A Joy For All The Earth’, the official hymn for the World Meeting of Families 2018, about his inspiration for the hymn. She also spoke to Dr Nicola Brady, General Secretary of the Irish Council of Churches about her recent visit to Colombia as part of an international delegation to experience how the Catholic Church there is seeking to respond to the call to be a field hospital in a society plagued by a culture of violence. The faith news this week featured the July 9 celebration of the Eucharist in Knock Shrine to mark the centenary of the Fatima apparitions; Archbishop Eamon Martin’s comments about standing up for your faith in his homily for Mass as part of the annual Festival of Saint Oliver Plunkett; Rev Professor Eamonn Conway’s appointment as visiting scholar to the University of Notre Dame in Western Australia; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s comments about being pro life at Mass for the protection of Life in Dublin last Saturday; and Pope Francis video message highlighting his prayer intentions for July.

 

June 2017: 

Episode 20 [28 June 2017]:  In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda speoke to Ireland’s youngest priest, Father David Vard (25), who was ordained to the priesthood for service in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin on Sunday 25 June. Brenda also speoke to Una Allen, Director of Towards Peace, one of the services that provides a response to abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland. The faith news this week featured Bishop Fintan Monahan’s comments about pilgrimage from the Killaloe Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes; The 9 July Mass at Knock Shrine to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima; Archbishop Eamon Martin’s comments about a new springtime of growth and abundance in faith at the conference marking fifty years of charismatic renewal in Ireland; Bishop Michael Smith’s celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for five members of the Irish community in Paris; The Rally for Life 2017 which is taking place in Dublin on Saturday 1 July; and, the Silver Jubilee of Pope Francis’ consecration as bishop.

Episode 19: [21 June 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Rev Dr Gareth Byrne about the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education in Dublin. Brenda also spoke to Bishop Kevin Doran about pilgrimage. The faith news featured the appointment of Father Michael Mullaney as President of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth; the 9 July Mass in Knock to mark the centenary of the Fatima apparitions; the new ICBC Vocations Office; the appointment of Monsignor Hugh Connolly as Chaplain to the Irish College in Paris; and, the appointment of Father Chris Hayden as the new Editor of Intercom.

Episode 18 [14 June 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, about how the plans for the World Meeting of Families 2018 are progressing in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. Brenda also spoke to Father Richard Leonard SJ, writer and film critic. Father Leonard was in Ireland to promote his latest novel What Does It All Mean? which explores the grounds for faith, the challenges in believing, the problem of evil and lifetime lessons for prayer and the spiritual life. The faith news featured: Pope Francis announcement of date and publication of his message for the first World Day of the Poor; 48th Irish Church Music Association Summer School; Lough Derg invitation to families to come and spend time with them ahead of WMOF2018;  New book from Veritas on the life and legacy of Nano Nagle; and, Four Church leaders gather in Belgium to mark the centenary commemorations for Battle of Messines. 

Episode 17 [5 June 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, about his expectations for the World Meeting of Families 2018. Brenda also spoke to Father Brett Brannen, from the Diocese of Savannah USA. Father Brannen is in Maynooth this week giving the annual retreat to the Diocesan Vocations Directors. The faith news featured: The statement by the Catholic Bishops in Northern Ireland in advance of the Westminster Parliament elections on 8 June;  The 48th annual Irish Church Music Association Summer School; The statement from the Missionary Society of Saint Columban opposing the USA’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement;  Trócaire’s garden with a conscience winning a Silver Medal at the Bloom Festival;  Ecumenical Bible Week 2017; and, Pope Francis’ prayers for the victims of the terror attack in London.

This podcast also featured the official hymn for the World Meeting of Families 2018 which was launched in Dublin on 1 June. The hymn ‘A Joy For All The Earth’ was written by renowned Irish composer Ephrem Feeley from the Diocese of Meath.

May 2017: 

Episode 16 [29 May 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop John McDowell, Church of Ireland Bishop of Clogher, about the Irish Council of Churches and the Irish Inter-Church Meeting. Brenda also spoke to Anne Potter an already signed up volunteer for World Meeting of Families 2018 about why she decided to sign up for this once in a generation event. The faith news featured: The statement by the Catholic Bishops in Northern Ireland in advance of the Westminster Parliament elections on 8 June;  The 48th annual Irish Church Music Association Summer School;  A Kildare and Leighlin parish’s message to the community that ‘It’s ok not to be ok’; and, the ordination of a former landscaper as deacon for the Diocese of Meath.

 

Episode 15 [24 May 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Archbishop Eamon Martin about the theme of this year’s World Communications Day message ‘Communicating Hope and Trust in our Times’ in the aftermath of the Manchester terrorist attack. She also heard from Father Bernard McGuckian SJ about what the beatification of Father John Sullivan means to the Jesuit family in Clongowes Wood College in Co Kildare and she learns more about the life and ministry of the new Blessed John Sullivan SJ. The faith news this week included: The launch of the volunteer and host a family programme by the World Meeting of Families 2018; Pope Francis going door to door to bless the homes of Catholics in a Rome suburb; The Fan the Flame gathering of 2000 Confirmation children in Derry Diocese; and, Pope Francis receiving President Michael D Higgins at the Vatican. 

Episode 14 [18 May 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin about his pastoral letter on vocations, clergy and lay participation in the diocese. Brenda also spoke to Brian Quinn, Chair of the Bishops’ Committee for Sacred Art and Architecture, about a National Competition for Religious Art in the Home. This week’s faith news focused on: The appointment of Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo as Papal Nuncio to Ireland;  Bishop Kevin Doran’s welcome of a new religious community to the Diocese of Elphin; The visit of the Coptic Orthodox Leader, His Holiness Pope Tawdras II with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin;  A bishop in Scotland’s request to young people to ‘slow down’ so as they can have time to think about some of the more important questions in life; and, Pope Francis’ catechesis on Christian hope.

Episode 13 [9 May 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father Richard Gibbons, Rector and Parish Priest of Knock Shrine about a special pilgrimage from Knock to New York relating to the story of John Curry, the youngest of the Knock witnesses. Brenda also spoke to Father Willie Purcell about a new vocations prayer initiative to coincide with the centenary of the Fatima apparitions – #Pray4Vocations. This week’s faith news focuses on a choral concert in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth with the concert choir of the University of South Carolina; the final preparations for the beatification of Father John Sullivan SJ; Home for Good? – the new report on returning emigrants by Crosscare Migrant Project; the 2FM Breakfast Republic’s visit to Palestine and Israel with Trócaire; and Archbishop Eamon Martin’s address in the University of East Anglia as part of the Newman Lecture Series in which he expressed his concern that decades of service by countless religious sisters and priests to the education and healthcare of the people of Ireland and all over the world is almost obliterated by a revised and narrow narrative that religious ethos cannot be good for democracy.

Episode 12 [2 May 2017]:  In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father Richard Gibbons, Rector and Parish Priest of Knock Shrine about whether pilgrimage is still as popular with Irish people. Brenda also heard from Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe on why pilgrimage is important for people of faith. The faith news focused on a choral concert in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth with the concert choir of the University of South Carolina; A Papal TED Talk; the re-opening of Lough Derg for the 2017 pilgrimage season; and, the publication of ‘A Little Book of Ledwidge’ , one of the latest offerings from Veritas.

April 2017 

Episode 11 [25 April 2017]:  In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Sinead Keane from Trócaire about the impact of their recent Lenten campaign. She also spoke to Declan O’Brien from Focolare about family matters, which is the title and theme of a gathering taking place this coming Saturday in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. The faith news focused on Archbishop Eamon Martin’s prayers for ‘miracles of mercy’ which he spoke about in his homily for the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass in Knock Shrine; comments of Bishop Denis Nulty on faith; Pope Francis’ tribute to modern day martyrs; and, Bishop Brendan Leahy’s tribute to the late Rev Professor Michael A. Hayes, the president of Mary Immaculate College who passed away on Easter Saturday.

Episode 10 [18 April 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father Willie Purcell about a new vocations prayer initiative. She also focused on Archbishop Eamon Martin’s Easter Message. The faith news focused on the ordination of deacons in Rome for the Archdiocese of Dublin and the Diocese of Clogher; The broadcast of services for Easter from Sligo Cathedral; and, Pope Francis Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) for Easter 2017.

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.

March 2017 

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!

February 2017 

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.

January 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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