Fr Tony Flannery, who in 2012 was suspended from public ministry by the Vatican, celebrated Mass in a Co Galway family home last week. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Actor Martin Sheen and leading American Benedictine nun Sr Joan Chittister have endorsed the third international Women’s Ordination Worldwide confer(...)

Dr Martin McAleese: “They couldn’t say that ‘you don’t understand’. I knew their streets, their pubs, their clubs, their schools, their churches”

His childhood as Catholic in a staunchly Protestant area of Belfast helped greatly in later life when building bridges to loyalists in that city, Mart(...)

I’m not pernickety, but . . . (there’s a neat word. I must come back to it). Some things people say jar on my consciousness, much as does a nai(...)

Dubliner Ray O’Donnell, organist at Galway Cathedral. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Few directors of music at European cathedrals can say they have held the post for almost half the lifetime of the august building in which they work. (...)

In excess of 600 Orangemen in Fermanagh, a third of the order’s membership there, took part in the survey, as did a further 161 members of the public. Photograph: The Irish Times

Just 10 per cent of Orangemen in Co Fermanagh would attend a GAA match while 73.8 per cent said they would not do so, according to a new survey. Simil(...)

Catholic  Iraqis attend Mass. Christians “face persecution in over 100 countries”. Photograph: Reuters/Ali Jarekji

Catholic bishops across the world will be ringing church bells in their dioceses at noon today, Feast of the Assumption, in solidarity with persecuted(...)

 Cardinal Timothy Dolan with the papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, and Bishop of Meath Michael Smith. Photograph:  John Mc Elroy

The Catholic Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, performed the official opening of this year’s national novena at Knock, in Co Mayo, yeste(...)

A child is rescued from an overloaded boat in the Mediterranean by the crew of the LÉ Niamh. Photograph: Irish Naval Service

The LÉ Niamh has rescued 125 people from a highly overloaded inflatable vessel 115km northwest of Tripoli in the Mediteranean. The Irish vessel now ha(...)

In a Word . . . ugly

You may have read the article in these pages a couple of weeks ago by columnist Lucy Kellaway on how good-looking people do better these days. This no(...)

Abuse survivor Marie Collins:  “My priority was always accountability – if there’s no accountability, it’s all a waste of time.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Less than 20 years ago, Marie Collins’s parish priest in Dublin warned the congregation at Mass that her story of abuse by a priest was not to be bel(...)