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

An international gathering of Catholic Church reform movements has called on bishops to be more pro-active in support of Pope Francis and changes he i(...)

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.

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(...)

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.

An anti-water charge protester was treated for minor injuries following an incident during a demonstration outside a meeting of Fingal County Council (...)

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

An unscheduled meeting on Sunday between a working group of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors and its chairman Cardinal Seán O’Mal(...)

In a word

So there we were, three old friends meeting up for a chat and a drink more or less spontaneously. They were in town, at relatively short notice. We de(...)

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

A major international conference of Catholic Church reform movements will take place in Limerick next week. The International Network of Church Refor(...)

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

A Dublin Muslim leader has condemned the killing and persecution of Christians as contrary to the explicit teachings of Muhammad. Shaykh Umar Al-Qadri(...)

‘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

One of the striking things about the marriage equality debate to date has been the proprietorial attitude adopted by some on the No side towards marri(...)

You may or may not have yet seen the film Still Alice for which Julianne Moore deservedly won the Oscar for best actress recently. A fairly pedestr(...)

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

An Irish priest who founded the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (SCCRR), based in Nairobi, has expressed sorrow and solidarit(...)