President Michael D Higgins recalled that Archbishop Romero was known in El Salvador as “the bishop walks with the people”. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

President Michael D Higgins praised the Catholic bishops’ agency Trócaire for its human rights work in El Salvador and its fight for social justice t(...)

Caitlin Vennard and Cormac McGrady at Yosemite National Park in California in 2012. McGrady is now unable to visit his American wife’s family in the US because he is banned from the country.

What started for Caitlin Vennard and her husband Cormac McGrady as late-night fun on a beach holiday ended with his deportation from the US, after thr(...)

In Ireland, a traditionally Roman Catholic country that has long been known for a seeming conservative streak, the lack of a strong backlash during the referendum campaign has been notable, even as opponents of the measure have mobilised.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Here’s a take from the New York Times on the significance of the Same-sex Marriage Referendum being decided on Friday in Ireland. In 1993, Ireland was(...)

A man closes a window in the wall next to a mural of the late Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero in Panchimalco, on the outskirts of San Salvador. Photograph: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

The beatification of Archbishop Óscar Romero on Sunday in San Salvador, capital of El Salvador, will be marked at the Festival of Peoples’ Mass in Dub(...)

The post-mortem   carried out  by pathologist Dr Muna Sabah identified that there were therapeutic levels of anti-depressant, sedative and painkiller medications in Fr Declan Doyle body at the time of death. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Catholic priest who was found hanging had given no indication he intended to take his own life, an inquest has heard. Fr Declan Doyle (61) was found(...)

Ana Hick: Gardaí believe a man known to her  and her friends had been supplying drugs to some of them since last year

Gardaí investigating the suspected drugs death of Ana Hick believe they have identified a man who had been selling drugs to the teenager and some of t(...)

Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy  listens to her lawyer prior to a status hearing at Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts.  Ms  McCarthy is accused of killing a child in her care in 2013. Photograph: AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool

A US judge has scheduled the long-delayed trial of an Irish nanny accused of murdering a one-year-old baby in her care for October 13th.Aisling Brady (...)

St Mel’s Cathedral pictured in 1967. Photograph: Getty Images.

President Michael D Higgins, his wife, Sabina, the Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin, and retired Catholic primate, Cardinal Seán Brady, were(...)

Rev Scott Hopkins of the United Methodist Church, in Vienna, Virginia, voices his support of gay marriage as Tracy Grisham, of Amarillo, Texas, shouts her disapproval. Photograph: John Boal/EPA

More than a decade since Massachusetts became the first US state to legalise gay marriage, the issue is as divisive as ever. An upcoming US supreme co(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: Iona Institute director David Quinn said he raised ‘a very important point. The Government plans to protect the right of churches not to celebrate same-sex marriages, but this protection will appear only in legislation, not in the Constitution.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Iona Institute has commended the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin for raising concerns about what it describes as implications for th(...)