Sarah Mac Donald is a freelance journalist based in Dublin, Ireland. She contributes to The Tablet, the Irish Independent and NCR. She researched and produced the documentary "Mary Ward – Dangerous Visionary," which tells the story of the 16th-century foundress of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Congregation of Jesus. She has contributed to books, including The Francis Factor: A New Departure (Columba Press, 2014) and God's Entrepreneurs: How Irish Missionaries Tried to Change the World (New Island Books, 2010).

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Married priests: Groups call on UK church to have national conversation

It's not about making celibacy optional, but rather addressing the fact that there already are married Catholic priests and having a responsible discussion within the church that is broadly based.

Confusion arises over using sisters' land for Irish national maternity hospital

Global Sisters Report: Contention arises over the relocation of Ireland's new national maternity hospital to a site owned by the Religious Sisters of Charity in Dublin.

Sisters in Ireland foster practical way of living out spirituality in an evolving universe

Ecology Preview: An Tairseach is the Dominican Sisters’ Farm and Ecology Center in Wicklow, an area known as “the garden of Ireland.”

Irish 'Joy Bells' initiative to welcome immigrants

Christ Church Cathedral in Waterford has invited churches worldwide to join in as its bells peal on St. Patrick's Day weekend in solidarity with refugees and to protest racism.