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The Messenger | May 2022



MAY 2022

This month Pope Francis encourages us to pray for young people. As May is the month of Mary, he suggests that they may find inspiration and guidance for their own lives in her courage, her deep faith and her dedication to service. Discernment, or the ability to make good judgements, crops up in several of our articles – those reflecting on the priesthood, communities and parishes as the Church embarks on a new synodal pathway and personally, in our responses to those in crisis. We explore the changing face of the sacrament of First Communion, we read that climate change has a disproportionate impact on the poor and we consider the benefits of prayer.

Our regular features include our series on Art, the flora of Ireland and places of worship around the country, crosswords and young people’s pages, our popular cookery page and RE:LINK this month asks the question: ‘Who was The Buddha?’

A pull-out supplement for teenagers and younger readers that addresses the subject and concerns of Catholicism today. RE:LINK supports the Junior Cert curriculum and is an educational resource for all teachers of Religion Studies

Who was The Buddha? Why do his teachings continue to hold an appeal in today’s society? RE:LINK investigates!