Pope Francis leads a mass for the opening of the synod on the family on Sunday at St Peter’s basilica in Vatican. Photograph: AFP

So what do actively interested Irish Catholics expect from the three-week Synod of Bishops in Rome which opened with a Mass on Sunday? Well, primarily(...)

Thinking anew: the Ven Gordon Linney. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Ven Gordon Linney is a compassionate man of clearly thought out Christian conviction who is never afraid of entering the fray in defence of that c(...)

Rev Gordon Linney  with his new book titled ‘Thinking Anew – Faith in a World of Change and Doubt’: Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said the book’s title was “an agenda for the future of all our churches today”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Pope Francis upset some American Catholics, including bishops, by things he said about the family in the United States last week, Archbishop of Dublin(...)

A woman hugs a baby wrapped in an emergency blanket as refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 1st, 2015. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

The Catholic bishops have called on parishes throughout the island to mobilise resources to help with the resettlement of migrants who come to Ireland(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin – along with  Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin –  will represent the Irish Church at the Synod of Bishops in Rome which begins next weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Catholic bishops have called on all relevant authorities to ensure no more homeless people die on our streets and described the current housing cr(...)

Pope Francis: a papal visit to Ireland  in 2018  is thought more probable than just possible.  Photograph: Reuters

No pope visited Ireland for the first millennium and a half of Christianity on the island – and now it appears two may come here in less than 40 year(...)

Pope Francis on board the papal plane. Photograph: Tony Gentile/AFP/Getty Images

Speculation is mounting that Pope Francis may visit Ireland following his announcement that Dublin will be the next city to host the World Meeting of(...)

Property developer Johnny Ronan. File  photograph: Collins

The Jewish Representative Council of Ireland (JRCI) has said it is greatly disquieted by the reference to Auschwitz at the end of property developer J(...)

Armagh Minister Rev Christina Bradley.

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has welcomed confirmation that Armagh Minister Rev Christina Bradley is in agreement with its position on marriage.(...)

People at a site in Calais, France, dubbed the New Jungle, where some 3,000  have set up camp, September 21st, 2015. Most of them wish to reach  England. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic cultural centres, churches and other religious groups can play a very important role in helping to welcome and integrate migrants coming to Ir(...)