Fighting Irish Stereotype

July 15, 2009

BY DARYL BJORAAS


Faith Through My Eyes

June 25, 2009

BY SARAH WHITMIRE

Follow me on my reporting travels across Europe as I find a wide array of religious sects and cultures.
Red — Catholicism
Pink — Sikhism
Yellow — Protestantism
Blue — Judaism
Green — Islam


All images shot by Sarah Whitmire for Faith & Friction blog for the Walter Cronkite School for Journalism and Mass Communication.
® Sarah Whitmire 2009


Summayah’s Story

June 18, 2009

BY SARAH WHITMIRE

As a teenager in Ireland during the 1970s, Summayah Kenna converted from Catholicism to Islam. This video piece tells the story of her decision to follow an unpopular path in a country torn by religious strife.

Click here for Lauren Kawam’s print story on Summayah Kenna.


Abortion in Ireland

June 18, 2009

BY KRISTYNA MURPHY

DUBLIN—While abortion causes heated debate among Americans, in Ireland the subject is so sensitive and controversial that it’s nearly unspoken. Speaking to someone who has had an abortion—or is considering one—is difficult. “It’s also something you don’t want anyone else to know. You don’t really talk about it,” said Meghan Doherty, the policy and advocacy officer of the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA). “It’s definitely different from America.”

Irish women experience many fears and anxieties because of the stigma attached to abortion. “It’s always considered to be something that happens to everybody else, but it would never happen to my daughter or it wouldn’t happen to me,” Doherty said.

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Full Court Peace

June 15, 2009

Basketball brings Catholic and Protestant teens together in a city that was once a conflict zone of petrol bombs and bricks.

BY ALEXANDRA FLAMINI

BELFAST, Northern Ireland—Teenage boys in red-and-black jerseys sprint down the basketball court, jostling each other for the ball. The swoosh of a two-point dunk generates an encouraging outcry from the coaches.

These teens are Catholic and Protestant high school students playing together in a city steeped in sectarian violence. A volunteer organization called Full Court Peace has brought them together. Read the rest of this entry »


Educate Together

June 14, 2009

BY MEGAN NELSON
Educate Together News Package on religion in Irish schools.

Click here to see Amanda Soto’s print version of this story.


Closed Doors, Closed Minds?

June 12, 2009

BY ELLE WALLS

Click here to see Kristyna Murphy’s print story on this topic.