The Leap of Faith March 13th, 2020

On the Leap of Faith this week we discuss the life and work of Ernesto Cardenal Martínez. He was a Nicaraguan Catholic priest, poet, politician and liberation theologian. We’re joined by Uachtarán na hÉireann Michal D Higgins and Fr. Michael O’Sullivan SJ who both knew the late priest.   

Journalist Paddy Agnew reports from his locked-down location in Rome, and Professor Jim Lucey Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin considers the mental health implications of isolation associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

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RTÉ is mindful of the fact that, due to their own vulnerability or Government restrictions on assembly, many people may feel unable to attend a place of worship at precisely the time when they may feel most in need of solace, community, encouragement and prayer.

RTÉ will, therefore, continue to provide religious content from a variety of faiths and denominations, on TV, Radio and online, starting this Sunday with an Anglican Service marking Seachtain na Gaeilge with Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise, the Irish Guild of the Church of Ireland, and the choir of Ashton School, Cork. That’s at 11.00 am on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra and Longwave 252 and at 11.10 on RTÉ One television… and of course, you can catch up later on the RTÉ Player and Radio Player.

On St Patrick’s Day, we will be bringing you live Mass on the same radio and TV platforms at 11.00 am and on Raidio na Gaeltachta at 12.00 noon.

Viewers and listeners can also find a link to live DAILY video streams from over 150 churches across Ireland and the UK on our website:

Regrettably, RTÉ’s coverage of Hindu Holi festivities this week was cancelled because community events were themselves called off. Nonetheless, we hope in the coming days to offer content for members of the Muslim community who are unable to attend Friday noon prayers.

And we will be marking Passover or Pesach with the Irish Jewish community and Vaisakhi with Ireland’s Sikhs, even if their own festive gatherings are curtailed.

And of course, we will find ways to mark the Christian Holy Week and Easter, so keep an eye on listings…

And The Leap of Faith will be back at the same time next week, when you can hear an interview with Chris Patten, or Baron Patten of Barnes as he now is, about the role of faith in his remarkable career. 

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