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Modern life contributing to rise in loneliness

Sitting on the train back to Edinburgh from London last Sunday, having attended a friend’s wedding, Helen and I were struck by the ebullience of one of the passengers sitting at the table opposite. She was enthusiastic on a monumental scale, seemingly eager to speak to anybody that wandered within audible distance of her seat. The people who held tickets for the three places around her gradually appeared and as their conversation spread simultaneously through its natural progression and the carriage, we learned her back-story and that of one of her new-found companions.

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Hard work ahead for bishop elect

MUCH hard work will be needed to rebuild confidence and trust in the Catholic Church in Ireland after the damage caused by clerical abuse of children, according to the newly-appointed Bishop Elect of Killaloe, Fr Kieran O’Reilly.

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