In a word . . . Mary

The funeral of TK (Ken) Whitaker at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Influential civil servant’s son pays tribute to ‘wonderful father and great patriot’

Ballaghaderreen’s Market Square: For more than three decades the town has had a significant Muslim population. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Giving platform to naysayers would have sown division in welcoming town

Fr Tony Flannery was disciplined by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) for views he expressed on Catholic teachings in 2012, the year prior to Pope Francis’s election. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Kenny took letter from priest, suspended for views on Catholic teachings, to pope during visit

Martin Luther statue in Wittenberg, Germany:  what he intended as the beginning of a theological dialogue in 1517 set in train events that have shaped the world  today. Photograph: iStock

Alone in northern Europe, Ireland remained Catholic following Luther’s revolution

Hello dear, sweet baby 2017 and are we happy to see you.
In a word . . .

. . . Baby

Christmas shoppers on Henry Street. Four youths were arrested in Dublin city centre following public order incidents last St Stephen’s Day. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

DPP to consider charges over disturbances in Henry Street area on St Stephen’s Day

A view of US Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. File photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

New study finds that Capitol Hill does not reflect religious composition of America

The funeral of Frank Murray  at Mount Argus, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I can’t grasp how someone so full of love and such massive zest for life can be gone’

Millions pumped into Ireland’s universities, North and South, by Atlantic Philanthropies

A direct provision centre in Galway. New procedures to speed up applications for asylum should significantly cut the length of time asylum-seekers spend in direct provision centres.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Streamlined system aims to cut length of time applicants spend in direct provision

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin welcomes President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina on their arrival for  World Day of Peace Mass in St Theresa’s Church,  Clarendon St,  Dublin, on Sunday. Photograph: John McElroy

Diarmuid Martin urges halt to gangland violence and warns of increase in stabbings

How could Leonard Cohen be expected to sing Hallelujah one more time in a world now so sucked dry of joy in this past and passing year
In a word . . . Truth

What has been a greater tragedy in 2016 than the death of Truth?

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Dr Michael Jackson, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Archbishop Michael Jackson says Ireland took Somme back into its identity in 2016

Such shocking encouragement of lying to children was bad but that it should be published bordered on the scandalous

I saw Santa’s teeth marks in the Christmas cake and his footprints in ashes beside our fire

Migrants stranded at the Greek port of Chios. “Our fullest identity is found in our being children of God, an identity we share with everyone on this planet.” Photograph: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

More fact-checking needed in our ‘post-truth society’, says religious minister

Ciara Glennon (27), whose body was found in a bush grave in Perth, Western Australia,  in 1997. Police have charged a man with the abduction and murders 20 years ago of three women, including Ms Glennon. Photograph: Reuters

Ciara Glennon (27), of Irish parentage, in Ireland a short time before death

St Nicholas of Myra, said to be the inspiration for Santa Claus, as visualised after facial reconstruction by scientists in Liverpool

Researchers in Liverpool use facial reconstruction to produce image of St Nicholas

Attending the Dublin City Interface Forum were (left to right) the Very Rev Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin; Dr Jasbir Singh Puri; Dr Ali Al-saleh; Sheikh Jamell Mutoola; Sheikh Hussein Halawa; and Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr Brendan Carr. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Lord Mayor calls for people to take in Syrian families as they are ‘our brothers and sisters’

The Luas works barriers in front of St Anne’s Church in Dawson Street, Dublin. The Black Santa appeal has taken place at the church annually for the past 15 years.

Canon says he was assured Dawson St church barriers would be gone before appeal

 President Michael D Higgins with Br  Kevin Crowley during a visit to the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin’s Smithfield. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Michael D Higgins visited homeless centre run by Br Kevin Crowley in Smithfield

File photograph of the Headmaster’s house at the King’s Hospital, in Palmerstown, Dublin. A girl (14)  was removed from the school by her mother because of alleged intimidation.

Mother says her daughter (14) was intimidated after she complained of harassment

 Members of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra joined the ‘Black Santa’ fundraising appeal at St Ann’s Church on Dawson Street in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

St Ann’s Church says it was told Dawson Street barrier would be gone before fundraiser

All advertisements contained the line: ’The Only Place You Get To Choose Your Network, Phone and Plan. Carphone Warehouse’

Words in adverts similar to those used by campaign to repeal Eighth Amendment

Msgr Hugh Connolly’s period as president of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, has not been without incident

Facility advertises for priest of ‘good standing’ aged over 35 to replace Msgr Hugh Connolly

The Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh, Co Dublin: It is estimated that Ireland’s Muslim population currently stands at approximatly 70,000, of whom 2,000 are said to be doctors. Photograph:Cyril Byrne

Jews better educated globally than other key religious groups, Pew Research Centre finds

File photograph of Opus Dei leader Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez, who has died aged 84.

The Catholic bishop died in Rome after being hospitalised due to a lung infection

 Former Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh Gerard Clifford resigned for health reasons in 2013

Archbishop pays tribute to ‘one of the great figures of the ecumenical movement’

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: said Pope Francis “stresses the role of the church in accompanying men and women on the journey of married and family life”. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Diarmuid Martin says offering black-and-white answers will not solve marital issues

Dermot O’Leary, whose  parents moved to London  from Wexford: “I’m very proud of my Irish heritage. We want and need the Irish community to support this important work for the Irish in most need.” Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

London Irish Centre asks people to contact overseas relatives they have not seen for years

Archbishop Eamon Martin predicts a very different role for clergy in Irish parishes. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Priests and bishops will have to ‘let go’ as lay people become the new centre of gravity

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone being guided through a migrant camp in Athens by  Luke Feeney, deputy head of mission of the Irish Embassy in Greece. Photograph: Twitter

Ministers will witness effects of country’s migration crisis and assess progress to date

Document also emphasises the need for dioceses  to guard against admitting potential sex abusers to the priesthood. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPA

New document reiterates position outlined following election of Pope Benedict in 2005

Diocesan director of safeguarding Andrew Fagan said the continuing decline meant the service could give more time  to ensuring the creation and maintenance of safe environments for children

Settlements cost archdiocese €22.4 million to date, including legal fees of €7.2 million

In a Word . . . Nobel

Bowing before Bob Dylan

The bishops said there is “no such thing as a human life without value”.

No logical or scientific basis for considering unborn child to be a non-person, say prelates

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation: hosted ‘Milestones on a Journey of Hope’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Signatories at Glencree meeting include Christian, Muslim and Jewish representatives

The Catholic bishops have expressed deep concern at the growing level of homelessness across Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

People sleeping on streets contrary to social teaching of Church and should be ‘eradicated forever’

Chairman of the Save Roscommon group Tony Ward in Februrary. A proposal to change to boundary with Westmeath has met with fierce opposition in Roscommon. File  photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Athlone border review finds area west of town may need to be subsumed into Westmeath

Gena Heraty and Maeve Bracken, who work at an orphanage in Haiti: Ms Heraty will receive an award this week from Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Gena Heraty has been a lay missionary in Haiti for 23 years, caring for disabled children

The founders of the charity Concern Worldwide John and Kay O’Loughlin Kennedy at a reception hosted by the president in Áras an Uachtaráin in 2008. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Kay O’Loughlin Kennedy set up humanitarian agency with her husband in 1968

It is understood that   as many as four boys may have filmed some of the events surrounding the alleged attack on their phones. These were confiscated by the school authorities. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Gardaí say it is too early to know if anyone frustrated case being reported sooner

Up to 15 pupils gathered in dormitory when alleged hockey stick incident occurred

Choice

The headmaster’s house, Brooklawn House, at the King’s Hospital school in Palmerstown, Dublin

King’s Hospital ignored legal advice to immediately tell authorites about allegation

The headmaster’s house, Brooklawn House, at the King’s Hospital in Palmerstown, Dublin.

Church of Ireland governors express ‘sincere concern’ for 13-year-old boy and his family

Bishop of Meath and Kildare Pat Storey, one of the board of governors at the school.

Investigations by gardaí and Tusla into alleged incident at King’s Hospital School

 The Headmaster’s house, Brooklawn House at the King’s Hospital, in Palmerstown.

Garda, Tusla examine claim student attacked with hockey stick at King’s Hospital school

Pope John Paul II in Ireland: in 1979 more than a million people came to see the Pope in Phoenix Park

August 2018 trip likely to include Northern Ireland but all details yet to be worked out

Minister for Transport Shane Ross (left) with  Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at the launch of the Uefa Euro 2020 Host City Logo launch   in  Dublin last week. The Minister has confirmed Mr Kenny waved a copy of the Constitution at him during a Cabinet discussion on neutrality.  File photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Minister for Transport describes exchanges with Taoiseach as having been ‘very robust’

The Association of Catholic Priests  has  welcomed the papal visit “as an opportunity to engage with the issue of the ‘silencing’ of five of our priest-members”. File photograph: Getty Images

Association of Catholic Priests: Visit may be way to address issue of disciplined members

An injured Syrian girl lies on a stretcher outside a hospital in   Aleppo. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty

Doctors in party claim sanctions are killing more Syrian children than Islamic State

Maeve Walsh: impressed the judges with a dish of Kerry hill lamb. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Maeve Walsh (23), one of six finalists, will now work at Michelin star restaurant in UK

Participants at  the world record breaking ‘Geansaí Nollag’ 2016 challenge  on O’Connell Street.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Participants in Geansaí Nollag event up 25% as O’Connell Street lights switched on

Card games where a trump is a good thing

Former Clerys workers stage protest  outside the store in O’Connell Street, Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Siptu members demand justice for ex-staff at entrance to the Dublin department store

Colin Flinn: “Exploring the possibility of setting up a support network for LGB&T people over 18”

Group to be modelled on similar in Church of Ireland and Methodist Church

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin at the Crosscare food bank talking with foodbank manager Valerie Cummins in 2013. File photograph: John McElroy

Diarmuid Martin asks Dubliners to give to Crosscare food banks as demand increases

Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Michael Jackson, in 2013 said the church opposed abortion but acknowledged there were cases of “strict and undeniable medical necessity” where it should be an option. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Church says complex issue ‘more suitably addressed through nuanced legislation’

Tony Ward, chairperson of the Save Roscommon campaign, in front of a sign welcoming drivers to Co Roscommon after driving over the bridge on the N4, a crossing point from Westmeath to Roscommon. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Proposal to move 30 sq km of the south county into Co Westmeath rejected by review

President Michael D Higgins and delegates from the Wolrd Jewish Congress at a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Michael D Higgins hosts reception for delegates from the World Jewish Congress

The Central Catholic Library was founded in 1922 and has more than 70,000 books.

Central Catholic Library is in financial difficulty as usage declines

President Michael D Higgins with Imam Hussein Halawa during a visit to the Islamic Cultural Centre, Clonskeagh, Dublin to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the centre. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

President commends Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin as it celebrates 20th anniversary

Pope Francis: “I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life.” Photograph: EPA

Pontiff: ‘Remaining only at the level of the law is equivalent to thwarting faith and mercy’

Pope Francis leads a Mass for the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy on November 20th. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

There is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach, says Pope Francis in Apostolic Letter

Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland: Designed by architects Michael Collins & Associates, it won a Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland award in 1997. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Clonskeagh busiest Islamic centre, with 1,200 praying daily

In a Word . . . charity

Charity will always be needed even though we have recently become suspicious of it

The Iona Institute has criticised a response by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission  to the Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill, 2016. File photograph: Getty Images

Christian group claims recommendations of rights body threatens faith formation in schools

Fr Dan O’Mahony of Achonry diocese said “new models of priesthood need to be looked at. A change of ‘uniform’ as well.”

Prelates ‘don’t want exclusive club changed’, Association of Catholic Priests meeting told

Fr Brendan Hoban said   priests were being bullied and were prone to depression with an increase in suicide rates over recent years, at the Association of Catholic Priests’s annual meeting. File photograph: Alan Betson

Fr Brendan Hoban says clerics are being turned into ‘sacrament-dispensing machines’

Minister for Education Richard Bruton is to set up a review into Caranua. Photograph: Alan Betson

70% of State organisation’s spending to date allocated to housing, says chief executive

The Islamic Cultural Centre in  Clonskeagh: the centre had “provided strong leadership over many years”, said Minister David Stanton. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Clonskeagh building was opened in 1996 by then president Mary Robinson

The Church of Ireland has appointed a new child protection officer for the Republic. Photograph: Frank Miller

Gabriel Chrystal brings range of experience from work with police forces in Britain

 Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Tipperary, which was a mother and baby home operated by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary from 1930 to 1970. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Call made in letter to Taoiseach by a former top official with HSE child and family services

Recently returned Irish emigrants are being asked to share their experiences of coming home in a survey launched by Crosscare Migrant Project. Photograph: iStock

Survey is intended to help other people prepare for their move back to Ireland

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: told in letter there was “undeniable evidence of cases of forced adoption within the mother-and-baby homes”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach told he could face charges if forced adoption inquiry not set up by end of month

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin delivered the sermon at evensong in Christ Church Cathedral following an invitation from the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Debate between faith and culture vital for healthy growth of pluralist society, says Archbishop

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin: “As I understand it, O’Brien was never an employee of the cathedral,” says former dean Robert Mac Carthy. Photograph: Dennis Flaherty

Wider Church of Ireland community ‘deeply dismayed’ at nature and extent of offences

People vote at a polling station in  a church in Fairfax, Virginia during the US presidential election on November 8th, 2016. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

81 per cent of self-identified white, born-again or evangelical Christians say they voted Trump

 Conferred studetns Carolyn O’Neill, Lara Magdalena Szczepaniak, Helen Roland, Jian Ler Ang and Uao De Heng with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Recent economic recession in Ireland was ‘a crisis about values,’ says Archbishop

Pope Francis  in Sweden, marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Photograph: EPA/Jonas Ekstroemer

ACI also calls on bishops in Ireland to make their views known to Pope Francis

Association of Catholic Priests co-founder Fr Tony Flannery  has criticised a letter sent by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference missive described as ‘a sugar-coated push-off’

The 80th anniversary edition of Reality magazine.

Irish publication has fallen foul of the Vatican and was deemed ‘dangerous’ in 1960s

The new abbot of the Benedictine monastery at Glenstal Abbey in Murroe, Co Limerick, has been installed. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Fr Brendan Coffey received archbishop’s blessing during Mass over the weekend

Catholic  Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin has repeated the apology he made in June 2014 for the hurt to mothers and babies caused by the church. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eamon Martin expresses regret over treatment of mothers ahead of ITV documentary

Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick (left) with  Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin. Bishop Leahy said falling Mass attendances and a shortage of priests could soon mean some churches in Limerick ‘will have Mass every second Sunday or one Sunday a month’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Bishop warns parts of diocese may ‘have Mass every second Sunday or one Sunday a month’

Family and members of the Cavaliers Cricket Club at the funeral of Fergus Linehan in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A theatre man who was ‘an appallingly bad actor’ and a dad who loved unconditionally

The Irish Midwives Association  has expressed deep concern over a High Court case in which it emerged that the HSE attempted to force a woman to have a caesarean section against her will.  File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

IMA expresses concern over HSE’s attempt to force a woman to undergo procedure

 View of the marble slab stone that covered the tomb of Jesus Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in the old city of Jerusalem, Israel. Photograph: Abir Sultan

Tomb has been covered by marble cladding since at least 1555 but most likely for centuries before that

A view from the Roscommon side of the river Shannon, close to Athlone town centre. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘We will not be proceeding with this land grab,’ says Minister of plan for Athlone area

Salvaged: one of the telegraph machines from the sunken ship   ‘Lusitania’.  Photograph: Eoin McGarry

Nearly 1,200 died when the ship sank after being struck by a torpedo in May 1915

A member of street performance troupe Macnas participates in their 30th-anniversary  Halloween parade  in Galway, Ireland. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Catholic Church created the day, but the Irish fixation on hell influenced its evolution

Dublin archdiocese suggested every parish “have a funeral ministry team”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dublin archdiocese also advises on suitable music, mementoes and personal tributes

Brother Philip Mulryne (38), who won 27 caps with Northern Ireland, will be ordained a priest next year

On 800th anniversary, Dominican Order bucks declining priesthood trend in Ireland

Galway, Donegal and Gallagher’s ‘gal’ conjure up the idea of being foreign

The new Catholic Bishop of Killaloe, Fintan Monahan, has appealed to road users to be extra vigilant over the October Bank Holiday weekend amid an increase in road deaths. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fintan Monahan says the loss of life on Irish roads this year is ‘a tragedy for our society’

The Cutting Edge programme was said to include “patronising, ill informed, ignorant and insensitive comments” which should have been challenged by host Brendan O’Connor.

Indignant reaction from clerics comes in wake of RTÉ ‘Cutting Edge’ programme

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