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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Irish priest addresses climate crisis in Pakistan

Columban Fr. Liam O'Callaghan is coordinator of the ecology commission for the Hyderabad Diocese in southern Pakistan. Translating Laudato Si', researching water filters for marginalized people to use and educating about care for the Earth are some ways he tries to influence change.

Cardinal Turkson reminds Irish religious and missionaries of spiritual, social connection

Speaking to the Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI) Turkson, the prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, talked about climate change, growing inequality, the threat of war, and the sex-abuse scandals of the church as signs of the times.

Researcher: Artifacts show that early church women served as clergy

New research suggests women had a greater role in the early church's ministries and liturgies than previously thought, and were present at church altars as deacons, priests and even bishops.

Serious climate message underlies exuberant student strikes in Ireland

After weekly protests over the threat posed by climate change, thousands of students are expected to assemble outside the Irish parliament March 15 as part of a global day of action.