Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Pluralism and democracy no licence to silence diverse views - Diarmuid Martin

IACP board accused of lack of transparency over €75,000 expenses, travel and spending

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran:  under Act, health workers ‘required to participate in what they believe to be fundamentally immoral’. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bishop Kevin Doran says health workers ‘have no recourse to conscientious objection’

Prof Gerry Whyte from TCD. Photograph: Alan Betson

Prof Gerry Whyte of TCD’s Law School addresses conference on abortion in Athlone

 Ibrahim Halawa seen after he was freed from jail on Thursday. The Irish man has been issued a new Irish passport and is expected to return home within days.

Irish man’s release comes a month after he was found not guilty on several charges

A man was found dead at Adair Lane on Thursday morning at about 2am

Man in 30s discovered dead in Temple Bar, second man dies after being hospitalised

It is believed the three-metre high bronze ‘Mother and Baby’ statue was taken from a green area in Finglas. Photograph: Cllr Paul McAuliffe

Three-metre high bronze statue was taken from a green area in Finglas on Monday

Prof Mary Horgan will on Wednesday become the first woman president of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in its 363-year history. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Prof Mary Horgan backs vaccine use and does not consider herself a feminist

My late father believed he walked on water, unaided, and probably skipped and jumped as well without once sinking

Adelaide Road synagogue in  Dublin 2. Photograph: Paddy Whelan/The Irish Times

Number of Jews in State reaches 2,557 with over half of them living in Dublin

The crude divorce rate in Ireland is 0.6 per cent, according to the Eurostat.

Couple must prove they are living apart for four years before they can divorce

Fr Pierre Pepper delivers mass at St Rynagh’s Roman Catholic Church in the village of Banagher County Offaly in March 2nd, 2015. File photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

People with no religion fastest growing part of Irish population

 Archbishop  Michael Jackson:  Photograph: ‘We were told two years ago that what happened to Jonathan Corrie would never happen again.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh / THE IRISH TIMES

‘People who were promised housing two years ago can expect to die on the street’

‘An exception was Pope Francis, widely recognised as “a good man driven by the basic insights of the gospel of Jesus Christ – mercy, justice, peace, love, reconciliation”.’  Photograph:  Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

A general failure exists to respect individual in Rome and within religious congregations

RTÉ presenter Sean O’Rourke responded on-air to a formal complaint made by Sinn Féin’s former director of publicity Danny Morrison. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Morrison complains to RTÉ over ‘water was too good for them’ reference to hunger strike

Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin emphasised the need for reconciliation between Christian faiths  at the Church of Ireland St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Catholics and Protestants should ‘combine’ efforts in speaking out on key ethical issues

If there were more non-drivers like us, consider how attractive our cities might be

In a word . . . angling

Consistent to both angling and porn is the heart as a lonely hunter

Ideology must not be allowed dominate debate over education in Ireland, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Archbishop of Dublin says Catholic schools have an imperative to serve the poorest

Six men have begun training for the Catholic priesthood at St Patrick’s College Maynooth this autumn, the lowest number since its foundation in 1795. Photograph: iStock

Church of Ireland has twice as many students starting ministry studies

St Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg Island. Photograph: David Sleator

Fr Laurence Flynn to take over as prior of Donegal pilgrimage shrine

Former president Mary McAleese taking wine after receiving Communion at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, in 1997. Photograph: Frank Miller

Development brings to mind president’s ‘wafergate’ furore of 1997

The inspectors found that Ataxia Ireland’s chief executive did not inform the charity’s other trustees of the existence of the €84,009 payments to her parents as trustees

‘I do not believe I have been given a fair hearing,’ says Barbara Flynn of Ataxia

When Mr Halawa is moved from the prison service to the security directorate, things should move quickly, said Mr Coveney. Photograph: Declan Walsh/The New York Times

Irish citizen was cleared of all charges relating to a protest in Cairo in August 2013

In a word . . . child

There is nothing as hilarious, or terrifying, as watching a toddler in full tantrum

A photograph of Jimmy Magee at his funeral in  Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘Memory Man may be dead but his memory will live forever,’ says Fr Brian D’Arcy

The coffin of Pat Geraghty being carried out by former Munster players Anthony Horgan and Ronan O’Gara at St Patrick’s Church, Celbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Tom Honan

Funeral hears how he endured horrors of his illness ‘without a scintilla of self-pity'

Pope Pius XI (Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti, 1857-1939), photographed in February 1922. File photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Vatican emissary satisfied Terence MacSwiney hunger strike ‘seems not supported’

The ‘Looking Forward: A public conversation on the future of Catholic Schools in Ireland’, conference took place at the Notre Dame – Newman Centre, University Church, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin

Requirement for baptismal certificates on admission an issue mainly in south Dublin

Ibrahim Halawa celebrates moments after his acquittal by an anti-terrorism court outside Cairo. Photograph: Declan Walsh/The New York Times

Ibrahim’s release from Cairo prison may run into next week due to administrative delays

New York firefighters and rescue workers carry fatally injured fire chaplain Fr Mychal Judge from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York on  September 11th, 2001. File photograph: Shannon Stapleton/CNS photo/Reuters

Fire chaplain Fr Mychal Judge giving last rites when World Trade Center tower collapsed

The Halawa family look at the latest photograph of Ibrahim while celebrating at home in Firhouse, Dublin. From left: Nosayba, Omaima, (with her baby Abdullah), Khadija, Fatima and Somaia. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Halawa family thanks public for support over four-year ordeal on an emotional day

‘If over 90 per cent of our population claims religious affiliation then that is important to the people in our society,’ says Church of Ireland Dean of Waterford Maria Jansson.

Data shows Ireland is ‘neither post-Christian, nor secular’

Pope Francis smiles as he talks to journalists during a press conference on September 11. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AFP/Getty

Missal used at Mass described as sexist, archaic, elitist by priest group

In a letter sent to relevant customers this week AIB apologised for what had happened. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Spreadsheet containing data of 550 customers lost by bank employee

Prof Mary McAleese says it is “misleading” of the Vatican to tell the committee in 2013 that the terms “corporal punishment” or “punishment” were not used in the “Catechism of the Catholic Church”. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

UN Convention on Rights of the Child must be implemented in church teachings and canon law

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan with Cllr John King at the plaque unveiling   to commemorate the bravery of Lance-Sgt Jack Moyney VC,  in Rathdowney, Co Laois. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

‘As a nation we are now embracing the past in a more inclusive and and generous way’

In a word . . . Mayo

I’m losing my favourite game, I’m losing my mind again . . .

Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork Paul Colton (centre) with the Sam Maguire trophy for the All Ireland senior football championship winners. Photograph: Twitter.

Church of Ireland canon’s account of his family’s experience sparked ‘heated debate’

In a word . . . menial

Why the need to dress up lowly jobs?

Church of Ireland bishop the Most Rev Pat Storey spoke at DCU’s All Hallows campus as part of the Mary McAleese Women in Leadership lecture series. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Most Rev Pat Storey has spoken of the disbelief she has met while ‘breaking the stained-glass ceiling’

John Mitchel: supported slavery and the confederate side in the American Civil War

Patsy McGarry: Irish patriot was staunch backer of slavery and the US Confederacy

In a word . . . sublime

Nothing this year compared to Joe Canning’s last puc of the sliothar in the 74th minute

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was one of the senior figures from the Catholic Church to attend a two-hour meeting with the Taoiseach and Ministers on Thursday. Photograph: Johm McElroy

Taoiseach and a number of key Ministers meet with senior representatives of Catholic Church

 Peter Murphy, son of late Bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey was 17 when his story was made public. Photograph: Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe

Issue of priests having children is ongoing says Coping International founder

Last year’s census revealed there were 1,000 homeless children in Ireland, “but that figure now is 2,985”. Photograph: iStock

A campaign is aiming to put pressure on Government to solve a worsening problem

Bishop Denis Nulty with Fr Eugen Dragos in Romania. On his arrival in Ireland, Fr Eugen Dragos will spend time in Carlow, becoming acquainted with Irish life before appointment as curate to the Tinryland parish

‘Vocations are very good there, with a surplus of priests,’ says bishop

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said: “Plates fly in every family. There are, however, great families who struggle, at times heroically.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Thousands gather to mark one-year countdown to World Meeting of Families in Dublin

Dr Ann-Marie Desmond, from Timoleague, Co Cork: ‘I can’t see anything wrong with women celebrating the Eucharist.’

Woman who feels calling to priesthood says daughter asks: ‘How can you follow such an institution?’

Pope Francis: Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin will preach on the theme “When Plates Fly: Pope Francis on the joys and challenges of family life”. Photograph: Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

Event, which Pope Francis is expected to attend, will take place over five days in Dublin

Vincent Doyle pauses at a scenic spot  above the River Shannon where his father, Fr John J Doyle, often took him. Vincent did not know the priest was his father, but knew him as his godfather. Photograph: Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe

Guidelines agreed through efforts of cleric’s son Vincent Doyle, but not published yet

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: psychotherapist Vincent  Doyle has set up a website  to help people, such as himself, whose fathers were priests. The website has been funded by the archbishop. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘At a minimum, no priest should walk away from his responsibilities’

Rufino Varela:  says the pope, in his phone call, asked for pardon in the name of the church, and said, “Rufino, you have a mission [to expose abuse]”.

President of Argentina a past pupil of same Christian Brothers school

Marty Morrissey:  “I was honoured and delighted to be asked, not least as I’m no Holy Joe. Or Holy Marty.”

RTÉ broadcaster will speak at novena attended by 150,000 people

 Bishop Mary Bridget Meehan celebrates Mass.

‘Our bishops have absolutely no authority apart from ordaining’

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, the new Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, is greeted by Cardinal Sean Brady on Monday. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Archbishop Jude Okolo is a member of the Igbo community at the centre of Biafra conflict

Following three years of preparation, a permanent deacon can perform all the functions of a priest except celebrate the Eucharist. File image: Alan Betson

Proposal is ‘insensitive, disrespectful of women and counter-productive’, says group

Pope Francis has given the Brothers of Charity in Belgium until the end of August to stop euthanasia at all of its 15 centres in that country. File image: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Brothers of Charity face excommunication after lay board of directors sanction legal terminations

Pope Francis  set up a commission to look at the introduction of women deacons last year which will report “in a year or two”. Photograph: Reuters/Osservatore Romano

A woman ‘can give more meaning to the Eucharist than any male celibate’

Maynooth University. Vocations to the priesthood have undergone what the Association of Catholic Priests describes as a catastrophic decline in recent years. Photograph: Eric Luke

As many as eight Irish priests have died by suicide over the past decade

It  is wrong to describe a fertilised ovum as a human being. It is a biological reaction. It has no head, no heart, no spine, no consciousness.

Objections to embryo modification defy logic: Law must welcome defeat of genetic diseases

It escaped completely the appalling wars of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s

Embryonic research: scientists believe “editing” human genomes could also work for other conditions caused by mutations such as cystic fibrosis and some breast cancers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Catholic Church concerned over US study that removed mutations

The sponsors of the new Bill, which would reduce legal immigration to the US, Republican senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia. Photograph: Zach Gibson/EPA

Lobbyist says it would take Republicans and Democrats ‘working together’ to bring about immigration reform

 Sacked journalist Kevin Myers rejected assertions that he was a misogynist. Photograph:   Dara Mac Dónaill

Sacked columnist says Varadkar and Fitzgerald ‘breached protocol by attacking me’

Fr Norman Davitt does not smoke and has lived moderately, but says: “The genes are good.”

Missionary priest (96) has also worked in Britain, India and Papua New Guinea

Kevin Myers was a trenchant critic of paramilitary violence on this island from the outset of the Troubles. Above, his memoir ‘Watching the Door’

As a stylist few can compare, and the former ‘Irish Times’ columnist did the State some service

A colleague from another paper was with me and we had decided to climb Croagh Patrick in the traditional manner, at night

Families of John Morley and Henry Byrne to attend ceremony in Co Roscommon

The Charities Regulator has written to the trustees of Ataxia Ireland asking them to find out whether payments of €84,009 made to the two founding former trustees are recoverable.

Ataxia Ireland chief did not tell trustees of sums provided to her parents, report finds

Fr Martin Pender and  a Congolese asylum seeker:  “It is absolute psychological abuse,” says Fr Martin Pender. He is “ashamed” Irish taxpayers are sponsoring such poor treatment of asylum seekers. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Martin Pender says Congolese asylum seekers left to ‘eat and sleep and walk around’

Left: GAA maps in Ireland. Photograph: Niall Cunningham/Cyril Byrne

Over 1.3 million attended championship games between May and September 2016

Sr Anne Carr, a Medical Missionary of Mary sister,  took Bono  on a tour of a  hospital in Lilongwe in Malawi. “I said he was my nephew because strangers weren’t allowed in the hospital.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Singer met Sr Anne Carr in Malawi in 2002 and wrote ‘Crumbs from Your Table’ about her

I reserve my direst wrath for those who push Ecclesiastes in the bereaved’s direction

Screengrab from www.malehealth.ie

Site a ‘key milestone in the journey of Men’s Sheds’ movement

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

That the Roscommon town has the cheapest housing in the State is down to official policy

Marty Morrissey: chosen for his “positive outlook”. Photograph: Aidan Oliver Photography

August novena one of the biggest annual events in the Irish Catholic Church calendar

At William Partridge’s graveside: Trade unionist Des Geraghty (left) said  Partridge, who died in 1917,  “exposed the atrocious living conditions of workers and their families in the whole of Dublin during his lifetime”. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

Centenary: William Partridge (1874-1917) had key role in 1913 Lock Out and Irish Citizen Army

The man who made Galway sexy

 Garry Hynes:  she said her view of the world was “shaped by my first experience of it in Ballaghaderreen for the first six years of my life”

Without artists ‘there can be no sense of a life lived beyond limiting, stifling boundaries’

Douglas Hyde the poet, philologist, historian and a founder of the Gaelic League (1860 - 1949). Photograph: Getty Images

Roscommon celebrates Douglas Hyde Conference with speakers Garry Hynes, Sean Kyne

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin:  ignored by the usual “what we have we hold brigade” in the church who see him chiefly as the enemy within. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Churchman a lone voice among brother bishops in reading sign of times

Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

‘Family in Ireland has complexities it didn’t have heretofore,’ says Archbishop of Vienna

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin described the situation in east Africa as “critical” and urged support for the collections.   Photograph: Eric Luke

Special collections to take place at all Masses across Ireland over July 22nd/23rd

Marking the anniversary of 1916 outside the GPO: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has  said: “Michael D Higgins... has noted that the dominance of a sectarian ethos had negative effects on the realisation of the ideas of the Proclamation. That cannot be denied.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Dominance of sectarian ethos ‘had negative effects on realisation of ideas of Proclamation’

Commentators on the Troubles embraced the term ‘whataboutery’

One of the very first messages Teresa May received was from the Portadown Orangemen

Priests heard there were “too many Masses in near-empty churches”. Photograph: Getty Images

Meeting in Limerick hears call for confidential helpline for priests

Ireland’s church leaders have appealed in an open letter to politicians involved in the Northern Ireland talks process ‘to go the extra mile’ to reach a deal. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Men say there is a pressing need to end the political deadlock ‘in the interests of all in our society’

First Communion: an average of €185 was spent on the child’s outfit this year

Bank survey shows 1% rise in money spent on day, with make-up/hair for girls costing €41 per child

Ireland’s youngest priest: Fr David Vard, who is 25, is a past pupil of Patrician Secondary School in Newbridge

Almost a third of priests in Kildare and Leighlin Catholic diocese are over 75

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Josepha Madigan TD inside the mosque with Imam Hussein Halawa and Shaheen Ahmed. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

‘The (Muslim) community in Ireland are living in Ireland where this is allowed by law’

 Leo Varadkar with Huda Safaa Al-deen, her husband Zaid Mohammed and daughter Zainab, while visiting the  Islamic Culture Centre. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Varadkar says Government pressing ahead with judicial appointments bill

St Flannan’s College, Ennis, Co Clare

Bishop of Killaloe appointed St Flannan’s only priest to the post without advertising

St John’s Eve was an occasion for major bonfires all over our part of the world in those days

Johnny Murphy plays Estragon in Beckett’s ‘Waiting For Godot’ at the Gate.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Joyce, Binchy and O’Brien show ‘a link between lapsed Catholics and philo-semitism’

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