Pope Francis delivers his Christmas address to the Roman curia in the Vatican’s Clementina hall. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/Reuters

Pope describes administration’s failings as 15 sicknesses

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin made an appeal to parishioners for donations on Decmeber 1st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Crosscare distributing 120 tonnes of donations to most in need

Christian children take part in a demonstration  commemorating Assyrian Martyr Day  in Beirut’s Fanar district. Photograph:  Maya Hautefeuille/AFP/Getty Images

Most violations of religious freedom occur in Muslim countries

Pope Francis saluting prelates at the end of the audience of the Curia  at the Vatican in Rome today. In October 2009 the Vatican announced new ecclesiastical structures to absorb Anglicans disaffected by liberalising moves in their Communion. Photograph: EPA/L’Osservatore Romano

Disaffected Anglican Fr Stephen Day joins Catholic Church with wife and children


Archibishop of  Armagh Eamon Martin: worried about growing persecution of Christians worldwide.

‘There is fear and need in our own land too’

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the hostel is “taking people who are reasonably stable, to get them out of the really rough places. One lad had been stabbed. If they have an address they can get a job. They can be clean. They can come in and out during the day.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Refurbished facility run by Catholic social support agency Crosscare can accommodate 35

Canon David Gillespie (left) and Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, outside St. Ann’s Church Dawson Street during the Black Santa sit-out to raise money for charities working with homeless people. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Funds raised by annual event at St Ann’s Church will go to homeless

A mast at RTÉ’s Donnybrook facilities in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Veteran staff join people in NI, Catholic bishops and Irish in UK opposing decision

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