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Alliance for the Defence of the Family and Marriage asserts that voting for same-sex marriage “is like voting for Islamic State-style sharia law”. Photograph: Thinkstock

Adfam claims same-sex couples more prone to cancer and more likely to abuse children

Seán McCann:  died suddenly but peacefully at his Dublin home

Hailed by Con Houlihan as ‘a brilliant features editor’

Northern Ireland’s First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson (second right) with (from left)  Dr Nicola Brady, research co-ordinator, Council For Justice and Peace;  Bishop Noel Treanor; Deirdre O’Rawe, regional director of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service NI; the DUP’s Paul Givan MLA and the DUP’s Jonathan Bell during a meeting on February 24th, 2015,  to discuss the Freedom of Conscience Amendment Bill. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye/PA Wire

Bill seeks accommodation between rights linked to discrimination and religious freedom

 The Catholic Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran has said: “Part of the challenge for us as a society, of course, is that we (and that includes many practising Catholics) have to a greater or lesser extent given up on the idea that sexual intercourse and an openness to procreation are essentially linked. That makes it more difficult to get our heads around why there might be any problem about changing the meaning of marriage.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Yes side ‘not actually looking for marriage equality’ says Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran

Pope Francis (above) has dismissed convicted abuser James Donaghy, a priest of Down and Connor diocese in Northern Ireland, from the clerical state. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

James Donaghy not permitted to function as priest ‘under any circumstance, public or private’

A screengrab from the Irish Catholic Bishop’s Conference website which issued an advising statement to priests on electoral material in churches this week. Photograph: catholicbishops.ie.

Churches and schools ‘not appropriate places’ for purely electoral material

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