Archive for December, 2015

By Amanda Wicks Since Lemmy Kilmister’s passing on Monday, several artists have shared thoughts, condolences and tributes to honor the Motörhead frontman. Dave Grohl did something a bit more permanent. Related: Musicians Pay Tribute to Lemmy… Radio Evolved

Source: Dave Grohl Gets New Tattoo in Honor of Lemmy


The Holy See has today(19th Dec 2015)  announced the appointment by Pope Francis of Mgr Paul Tighe, a Dublin diocesan priest, as titular Bishop of Drivastrum and Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture. Monsignor Paul Tighe is currently Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

The Pontifical Council for Culture traces its origins to the Second Vatican Council and the Church’s opening to the different forms of contemporary culture.

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, congratulated Mgr. Tighe on his new appointment. He said Mgr. Tighe is a person of integrity and competence, whose innovation in media relations has made a significant impact in the Church around the world.

In his eight years at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Mgr Tighe spoke in many countries encouraging and supporting local Dioceses in promoting the work of the Church in an ever changing media environment.

Just two months ago he addressed representatives of the Irish Episcopal Conference, diocesan communications officers and national and religions media in Maynooth on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Catholic Communications Office. He delivered the keynote address on the theme ‘The Church in a Digital World – Sharing Good News’.

Just over a year ago, Mgr. Tighe was appointed Secretary of a working group to reform Vatican media, chaired by former BBC Trust Chairperson, Lord Chris Patten which led to the establishment in July of a new Secretariat for Communications to oversee the all of the Vatican’s communications offices.

Mons. Paul Tighe was born on the 12th February 1958. He attended the De La Salle Primary School, Navan and completed his secondary education at Summerhill College, Sligo. He graduated from University College Dublin in 1979 with a degree in Civil Law. Having studied for the priesthood at Holy Cross College, Dublin and at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome, he was ordained a priest of the Dublin Diocese in 1983.

His first appointment was as parish chaplain and teacher in Ballyfermot. Subsequently, he was assigned to study Moral Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

In 1990, he was appointed as a Lecturer in Moral Theology at the Mater Dei Institute of Education in Dublin and at Holy Cross College. He was appointed head of the Theology department in 2000.

In 2004, he was named as Director of the Communications Office of Dublin Diocese. In 2005, he established the Office for Public Affairs which aimed to promote the engagement of the Diocese with public institutions and civic society.

In November of that year Pope Benedict announced his appointment as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin noted that the appointment was a sign of the personal appreciation of Pope Francis for the work of Mgr Tighe. He also noted the important contribution that Bishop-elect Tighe had made to the work of the Archdiocese of Dublin and the Church in Ireland before his appointment to Rome. He extended congratulations to Mgr Tighe’s mother and his family.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ Romans 15:13

Although we often wish people a happy Christmas and peaceful New Year, we very rarely use the word ‘hope’ or ‘hope-filled’ in relation to either.  People now seem to find it difficult to feel real hope for the future, for the world, and even for themselves.  Hope is indeed a rare commodity and people are sometimes cautious about wishing for too much hope, lest they be disappointed.  In the world around us, with all the violence and destruction that we have seen in recent weeks and months, there seems to be little interest in any scenario of hope.  Yet as Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, ‘Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.’  Pope Francis has also often said: ‘Do not allow yourselves to be robbed of hope’.

Hope is the opposite of despair and yet it is more than simply a desire for something better.  Hope is a fundamental Christian quality, but it is never an individualistic thing.  We should not wish simply for hope for ourselves, that things will turn out well for us or for those we like or love.  Hope is something we are called to bring into the world in the name of Christ.  If we are to be people of hope, we are also to be agents of hope.  When we follow the call of Christ and seek to bring hope into the lives of others – material as well as spiritual hope – we then have grounds for real hope.  What we do for others – in simple ways, or sometimes demanding ways – is sowing hope for the future.  Around us in this country, there are those who can feel no hope for themselves or their families, whether through deprivation or because they are refugees from violence.  We can become envoys of hope in the name of the Christ, who was born in a stable in Bethlehem.  Just as he came into our world to bring hope into places of despair and light into the midst of darkness, so also can we become people of hope.  Perhaps this year we can with sincerity wish others a hope-filled Christmas and New Year.

With every blessing,

+Richard                                                               +Eamon

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh            Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh

See it as it was orginally posted at  Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

The Vatican has released the text of the message from Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for Peace on 1 January 2016. The theme is Overcome Indifference and Win Peace and the text follows: 


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Monica Byre’s excellent summer 2015 account watch out for editors esp lads!

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Photo: an illustration by Eric Battle and John Jennings from Nnedi Okorafor’s The Book of the Phoenix. 


A month ago, with the Hugo fracas in full swing, an editor at Wired wrote me and said, “If you have something to say, you have the platform.” Given Wired’s enormous readership, what an incredible thing. I wrote the piece in an afternoon, they put it up, and it did well.

Shortly thereafter, the same editor said she and the Culture editor wanted me to write a column for them. Which was even more thrilling. And given that my op-ed had been about systemic bias in favor of white men in literature, I thought they knew exactly what they were getting with me: a commitment to changing the conversation around what’s considered newsworthy art. I wrote to the editor, “Boyhood or the new Avengers movie? I could give a shit. A Girl Walks Home Alone at…

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