Men gather at the Anwar-i-Madina Mosque on Talbot Street, Dublin to eat after fasting and praying during Ramadan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Ramadan in June involves fasting for 20 hours a day: no food, water, smoking or sex

In a word... sex

In 1975, Cardinal Seán Brady conducted canonical investigations into allegations by two teenage boys of abuse by Fr Brendan Smyth. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Retired Catholic primate’s role in looking into Brendan Smyth allegations unclear

Climate justice conference told that State ‘sheltering behind intransigent countries’

Mary Robinson: “The latest science makes it clear that the world needs to reach zero carbon emissions globally by 2050 to maximise chances of staying below 2 degrees and to make 1.5 degrees feasible.” Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Former president says planet on track to be 4 degrees warmer than pre-industrial levels

Ethiopian pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa: he says his recital at Farmleigh in Dublin on Wednesday evening will be “very, very special” for him, “very spiritual”.

‘I’ve become someone, from nowhere, through people with big hearts’

People commemorate the Battle of Waterloo at the site in Belgium 200 years after the fact on June 18th, 2015. Seated at centre is a man playing Napoleon Bonaparte.  Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Battle concluded brutalising war, head of Church of Ireland tells Evensong service

International aid agencies and environmental groups have hailed Pope Francis’s “game-changing” message on the need to protect the environment and tackle climate change. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti.

UN special envoy Mary Robinson says encyclical shows matter is ‘moral issue of our time’

 Cardinal Seán Brady. A brother, sister and their  cousin have appealed against the High Court dismissal of their action against the cardinal.  File  photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cardinal Brady being sued in personal capacity following role in 1975 inquiry

The Association of Catholics in Ireland said full membership of the church should be extended to those in second relationships. Photograph: Getty Images

Call for significant lay involvement at Synod on the Family in Rome

Bishop Leo O’Reilly is to explore the possibility of having married men as priests and the appointment of women as deacons. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Bishop O’Reilly to discuss allowing priests to marry and appointing female deacons

RTÉ’s The Sunday Game Live presenter Michael Lyster (left) with football panellists Joe Brolly, Colm O’Rourke and Pat Spillane in studio in Croke Park.

Sports broadcaster to have pacemaker fitted after wife used CPR to save his life

Martin tells abuse survivor ‘you’ve touched our hearts, and our hearts are wobbly’

Several of Ireland’s Catholic bishops may be subject to investigation by the new Vatican tribunal announced this week by Pope Francis (above). The tribunal will hold bishops to account where it is claimed they failed to protect children from sexual abuse by priests. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Some bishops faced criticism over handling of clerical child sex abuse claims

 Chris De Burgh performs during the humanist funeral service for Paolo Tullio at Trinity College Dublin, June 11th, 2015. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Humanist ceremony held in crowded Examination Hall at Trinity College Dublin

“If he (a bishop) doesn’t have the right attitude to abuse, or if he doesn’t deal with a case properly and it means a child is not kept safe, then he will have to answer to his own higher authority as well as to civil authority,” said abuse survivor Marie Collins. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Tribunal will hold bishops to account for covering up child sex abuse allegations

 Image from a media briefing at the conclusion of the Summer General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth on June 10th, 2015. Pictured is Archbishop of Armagh and president of the conference Eamon Martin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dr Eamon Martin disputes whether bishops used word ‘threat’ over withdrawal of priests

Step to deal with bishops seen as significant achievement by new Commission

The crescent moon above the Dublin Mosque on the South Circular Road. Photograph: David Sleator.

Holocaust survivor to be guest of honour at event at Islamic Centre at Coolmine, Dublin

‘Fr Tom came into our classroom he was animated about Heraclitus. “Lads”, he began, “the philosopher Heraclitus said ‘no man steps in the same river twice’, but . . .”.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘No one steps in the same river even once’

Expense and inconvenience involved would have one certain outcome: the abandonment of Catholic church weddings by even more couple(...)

 Martin Long,  Catholic bishops’ spokesman, and Bishop Joseph Duffy: in April, Long said that if marriage were extended to same-sex couples, the church might no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Role of priests in civil aspects of wedding ceremonies to be topic at summer meeting

A Royal Mail commemorative stamp from a set marking the 800th anniversary this month of the signing of the Magna Carta in England. Photograph: Royal Mail/PA Wire

Archbishop of Dublin in early 1200s was seminal document’s second named witness

Poet Seamus Heaney:  is buried in a corner of St Mary’s churchyard, under ash and sycamore trees. The Scullions lie between him, his baby brother Christopher, his mother, his father, his two aunts and his sister Anne

Commemorative service for deceased ‘Irish Times’ colleagues in Dublin next Saturday

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, who conducted the ceremony at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth at which nine men were ordained deacons. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fourteen ordinations to the Catholic priesthood in Ireland are expected in a year described by college president as ‘remarkable’ (...)

Outgoing Presbyterian moderator Michael Barry. He will be replaced by Rev Dr Ian McNie of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Membership down almost 40% since 1975 as annual General Assembly opens in Belfast

 Archbishop Eamon Martin: The Catholic Church was “not here to impose, but to invite people to a personal relationship with Jesus which, in turn, calls them to conversion and change in their lives.”  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes the raised awareness of issues faced by gay people

Gemma and Triona King: ‘We go on holidays. We go to football matches. We enjoy meeting people in pubs. Our lifestyle doesn’t curtail us.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Identical twins and consecrated virgins Gemma and Triona King are 60 today. Their devout, non-drinking, no-sex lifestyle doesn’t c(...)

 ACP co-founder Fr Tony Flannery said “the day of doctrinaire Catholicism is over in this country. The people are no longer willing to listen to speeches and sermons on morality from the church.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

People ‘no longer willing to listen to speeches and sermons on morality from the church’

President Michael D Higgins recalled that Archbishop Romero was known in El Salvador as “the bishop walks with the people”. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

El Salvador has ‘special place in my heart and my political consciousness’

Patsy McGarry reflects on why his native county voted No to same-sex marriage

A supporter holds a sign reading ‘Thank You - You’re All Invited to the Wedding’ as he celebrates outside Dublin Castle following the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Dublin on May 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The family won the same-sex marriage referendum for gay people

A man closes a window in the wall next to a mural of the late Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero in Panchimalco, on the outskirts of San Salvador. Photograph: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

Óscar Arnulfo Romero was assassinated by a right-wing death squad during Mass in 1980

File photograph of the late Christine Buckley,  co-founder of the Aislinn centre for survivors of institutional abuse. The organisation held a pampering day to mark to sixth anniversary of the publication of the Ryan report. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Christine Buckley remembered during day for survivors of institutional abuse

Chair of the Iona Institute board of directors Dr John Murray. Mr Murray has criticised a number of  high-profile Catholics calling for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dr John Murray says supporters of marriage referendum have rejected their faith

Fr Brendan Hoban, co-founder of the Association of Catholic Priests, said that “come Friday, there’s no middle ground between Yes and No. ‘Maybe’ isn’t on the ballot paper.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Priest ‘unconvinced by many of arguments offered by both sides’

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: a spokeswoman said it was not his policy “to tell others how to vote”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Diarmuid Martin stresses ‘people should be informed’ about about same-sex marriage

‘Another matter not discussed in this campaign to date is a theological body of opinion which believes Jesus knowingly acknowledged and blessed a same-sex union.’  Photograph: Getty Images

‘Generally, in a pastoral context, bishops are sensitive to gay people and groups, as are most priests’

Una Davis her son Michael and his partner Georgina arrive at the funeral service of her husband  Derek Davis in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Seán Davis speaks of ‘overwhelming sense of love’ for father

St Mel’s Cathedral pictured in 1967. Photograph: Getty Images.

Cathedral destroyed by fire on Christmas Day 2009 and reopened last December

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: Iona Institute director David Quinn said he raised ‘a very important point. The Government plans to protect the right of churches not to celebrate same-sex marriages, but this protection will appear only in legislation, not in the Constitution.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Institute commends Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin for raising concerns

Priests meeting parishioners outside Saint Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Spoken to randomly, not many had reservations about saying how they would vote

Bishop Kevin Doran, bishop of Elphin, said: “Every citizen and long-term resident has a vested interest in how society defines and protects marriage and the family founded on marriage”. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Marriage as understood by the great religious traditions ... is that of man and woman’

Psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney: “I’ve been deeply troubled by the way the campaign has been run by some elements on the No side.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fergus Finlay says quality of parenting the ‘single most important thing for a child’

Dutch psychologist Dr Gerard van den Aardweg , at a press conference organised by the Alliance for the Defence of the Family and Marriage in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

No campaign meeting hears about wealthy organisations, freemasonry and feminism

Fergus Finlay: “If I described Ronan Mullen as a Government expert because 100 per cent of his income comes from the taxpayer, apart from his political contributions, he would be outraged.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Barnados chief Fergus Finlay says the media ‘needs to get real about this too’

Walton Empey, archbishop of Dublin from 1996 to 2002, said: “I certainly have no hesitation in calling for a Yes vote.” Photograph: Peter Thursfield

‘Understanding of marriage in the Church has evolved’

Accord’s president Bishop Denis Nulty said in a statement he was “very disappointed that Tusla has made this funding decision.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Claims Tusla decision linked to Accord’s opposition to same-sex marriage is rejected

Referendum poster. The director of National Platform EU Research and Information has claimed that passing the referendum could lead to same-sex marriage becoming a human right in all 28 EU states. Photograph: Alan Betson

Anthony Coughlan says referendum could give rise to inequality for heterosexuals

12/02/10                                       Photograph: Alan Betson                Kathleen and Bill Ward from Mullingar who will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary in July at Whitefriar church under the statue of St. Valentine where they recieved a blessing in advance of Valentines Day organised by the Marriage Guidance agency Accord

Christian teaching stresses complementary link of male and female, says Diarmuid Martin

Speaking at the Church of Ireland General Synod, Archbishop of Armagh Richard Clarke said he could not think of an occasion when the House of Bishops “ever said vote in such and such a way or not in such and such a way”. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Archbishop cannot recall occasion when bishops advised on vote

Retired Archdeacon of Dublin Gordon Linney said the posters’ “real target is gay people and a crude attempt to discredit them as suitable parents”

Gordon Linney says posters saying children should have father and mother are ‘crude’

Primate Archbishop Richard Clarke: “Although there were few shocks in what we learnt, it was by any standards a necessary reality check.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Primate Archbishop says figures ‘a necessary reality check’

Sharon Commins who was joint winner of the award in 2009. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Msgr Hugh O’Flaherty helped thousands escape Nazis in Rome during second World War

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he is voting no in the same sex referendum. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Teachings of Christ being placed on ‘level of belief in leprechauns’

Church of Ireland Bishop of Meath and Kildare Most Rev Pat Storey (front left) and Chaplain to the Defence Forces Fr Robert McCabe are joined by President Michael D Higgins and others at the 1916 leaders commemoration ceremony at the Arbour Hill Cemetery. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Most Rev Pat Storey says decision to invite her ‘a courageous and generous’ one

A Turkish soldier stands guard at the Helles Memorial during a commemoration ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Gallipoli. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Ballaghaderreen soldier one of 39 young men from parish killed during first World War

Pope Francis’s September visit to Cuba will precede his journey to Washington, New York and Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Getty Images

Island has been a focal point for Vatican diplomacy despite restrictions on church

Famine walkers on the final few steps of their 155km Famine re-enactment walk from Roscommon to the Jeanie Johnston in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Walk, in period costume, commemorated 1847 walk when 1,490 starving tenants from Strokestown walked to Dublin and boarded a ship(...)

A walk commemorating 1,490 people who walked to Dublin to take a ship to Canada during the Famine will be completed on Wednesday at the Jeannie Johnson tall ship (above) at Custom House Quay. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Walk from Strokestown to Dublin commemorates bid to migrate to Canada

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland said it “upholds the historic – and Christian – view of marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman. We affirm that it is needed for the common good of society”. Photograph: Getty Images

Presbyterian Church joins Catholic Church in call for faithful to vote No

Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri, imam of the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre, says gay people “will be able to adopt children. These children will be brought up without either a father or a mother.” Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Imam of Dublin Islamic centre says approval will open door to new definitions of marriage

Emese Berki and Ann Buckley, both from Cork, at the official opening of the dlr Lexicon library and cultural centre. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.

Controversial dlr Lexicon library is officially opened

The meeting of Catholic Priests’ Associations and Reform Groups called on bishops in their respective countries to “courageously and publicly” support the vision and programme of Pope Francis for the church. Photograph: EPA

Fr Tony Flannery calls on Irish bishops to ‘put their shoulders behind Francis’

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Catholic bishops have not made any decision on whether priests should decline to perform civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex couples following the May 22nd referendum. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin spokeswoman says they will ‘cross bridges when they come’

A screengrab from a video posted on the Balbriggan and surrounding areas against water charges Facebook page showing an anti-water charge protester injured during a demonstration outside Fingal county hall in Swords, Co Dublin.

Frequently targeted local authority has spent €33,000 on security over past two years

A meeting between a working group of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors and its chairman Cardinal Seán O’Malley, about the controversial appointment of a Chilean bishop, went “very well”, Dublin survivor Marie Collins has said. Photograph: Reuters

Protection Commission concerned about implications for future bishop appointments

In a word


Fr Tony Flannery: will host the Catholic Church reform event. He has been forbidden by the Vatican to exercise his ministry as a priest following articles he wrote for the Redemptorists’ Reality magazine. Photograph: Alan Betson

Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery to host four-day church reform conference

Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri from the Al Mustafa Islamic Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri calls for more meetings between religious groups

‘St Augustine  also taught that virginity was the higher way of life and best route to spiritual perfection. This view of marriage was reflected in the lack of any formal liturgy for marriage in the early church, even though it had such liturgies to celebrate the Eucharist, Baptism, and Confirmation.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Patsy McGarry: ‘Marriage did not have much status in the early church’

Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease is a truly terrifying predicament. In Patsy McGarry's book it is, probably, the third-worst diseas(...)

Students evacuated from Moi University during a terrorist siege gather together in Garissa on Friday to be transported to their home regions. Photograph: Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty

Fr Patrick Devine says ‘this is murder on a scale that horrifies the whole world’

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said he could not celebrate the light of Christ without thinking of those students in Kenya who were singled out one by one to be killed because of their Christian identity.

‘Sadly, the Cross of Good Friday continues to cast a long shadow in our world’

What’s it like to join a pilgrimage group? Good fun, as Religious Affairs Correspondent Patsy McGarry discovers

Rabbi Zalman Lent, leader of the Jewish community of Dublin (left), and Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland at the Three Faiths Forum of Ireland, involving members of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities  at the Mansion House. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Story told of miracle, survival, slavery, plagues, recalcitrant humans and retribution

 The Way of the Cross ceremony in  Phoenix Park led by the archbishop of Dublin Rev Diarmuid Martin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Prelate addresses hundreds in ecumencial gathering

The Stations of the Cross will take place in various spots in the south east – starting with a litany in Waterford Church of Ireland cathedral at 7.30am.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Unique Good Friday event in south-east sees railway enthusiast bishop take to the tracks

Sculptor Tim Schmalz with his ‘Homeless Jesus’ bronze. The sculpture is due to arrive in Dublin on Good Friday and will be installed on the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral a week later. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Bronze will be installed on Christ Church Cathedral grounds a week later

 Executive director of One in Four Maeve Lewis. The agency, which helps survivors of child sexual abuse, has appealed for donations.    File photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Agency for child sexual abuse survivors has had to turn people away due to lack of funds

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh (right) and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin pictured earlier this month at the Columba Centre, Maynooth.  For Holy Thursday Chrism Masses they respectively discussed the difficulty of being Christian, and the Pope Francis’s unpopularity. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Not everyone likes Pope Francis, says Archbishop

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: will celebrate the annual Holy Thursday chrism Mass in the Pro- Cathedral at 10am on Thursday.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Litany of Northern Ireland-related dead to be read in Dublin on Good Friday for 15th time

Sally O’Neill (left) and Anne Enright in Honduras. Photo David Stephenson

O’Neill has served for almost 40 years in some of the most troubled regions of world

Sadism was around long before Fifty Shades of Grey

Candles for the victims of Germanwings Airbus fight sit on a table during a church service at the altar at the cathedral Notre Dame du Bourg  in Digne-les-Bains, France. Photgraph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Head of journalists’ union in Ireland also calls for a Government commission on media

The President’s Initiative: President Michael D Higgins delivering the keynote Address, at The President of Ireland’s Ethics Initiative National Seminar , at Aras an Uachtaráin, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President says inequalities could have serious consequences for peaceful co-existence

Fr Brendan Hoban, from the Association of Catholic Priests. The association has decided not to take a position on the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Association of Catholic Priests urges clergy to avoid directing same-sex marriage vote

Ireland’s faith leaders met at a meal organised by the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland  to discuss religious turmoil across the globe. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Representatives from major religious groups discuss global turmoil

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