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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Ireland adopts 100-percent fossil fuel divestment strategy

Ireland made history July 12 when it became the first country in the world to pass a bill committing the country to the divestment of all of its holdings in fossil fuel companies.

Women push for more from Vatican, Francis

Ireland's Mary McAleese describes Francis as "a disappointment in relation to women," while Voices of Faith puts forth proposals to reform the Curia's hiring practices.

Church's language about LGBT people must end, Irish group says

An Irish group campaigning for reform in the Catholic Church has launched a petition ahead of Pope Francis' papal visit in August to Ireland calling on the Vatican to change its "theological language that is gravely insulting to LGBTQI people."

Irish overwhelmingly vote to repeal amendment banning abortion

Dublin - "We are living in a new time and a changed culture," said one archbishop, as the level of support for repeal, which exceeded expectations, began to sink in.