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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The future of mission: Become 'less and less Western'

Navan, County Meath, Ireland: An international gathering of missionary congregations met Feb. 8-9 in Ireland to discuss the future of mission and the areas where missionaries can continue to make a difference in the church and wider society in the 21st century.

DignityUSA to Irish church: Restore imagery of same-sex couples to booklet

DignityUSA responded to the World Meeting of Families office's reissue of the "Amoris" resource booklet without an image of a same-sex couple which was reproduced in the first edition on page 24. 

Vatican rejects three women speakers from Voices of Faith conference

Dublin: Chantal Götz, managing director of Voices of Faith, said that Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the prefect of the Vatican's Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, had objected to three speakers, including former Irish President Mary McAleese.

Irish priests discuss wrongful abuse accusations, safeguarding their rights

At the annual general meeting of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland, a new card outlining priests' rights was unveiled by the association's leadership, aimed primarily for abuse allegations.