Jaysus! They’ve Got Their Work Cut Out


Many visitors to Ireland are stunned that in a traditionally Catholic country, the name of ‘Jesus’ is used irreverently. However, the Poor Clare Sisters in Galway and the Franciscan friars have earmarked 2014 as the year in which they hope to increase respect among Irish people for the “Holy Name of Jesus” and they have secured Pope Francis’s approval for their efforts. They will promote a series of prayers, religious hymns and reflections aimed at fostering a renewed reverence for the name of Jesus, including when it is used colloquially as ‘Jaysus’.

Next year, the nuns will be trying to reduce the use of the word, "Mary" and the year after that, "Joseph."

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