A motion to establish a working group to explore and scope out how and where women can play a leadership role in the governance of the church received the highest number of priority votes at the Limerick Diocesan Synod. File photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Women need to play a much more important role in the church, the first Synod in Ireland in 50 years has been told. Some 400 delegates spent three day(...)

Bishop Brendan Leahy called the synod a wonderful “distilling of the wisdom of the listening that has gone on across the 60 parishes of our diocese of Limerick”. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

The Catholic Church must apologise for failing to recognise the role and contribution of women in the church, Ireland’s first diocesan synod in 50 yea(...)

A Limerick couple who lost their premature baby son have discovered the plot he was buried in was later sold for adult burials. No record was kept of (...)

Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick. File photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times.

The Catholic Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has called for the State, NGOs, the Catholic Church and other organisations to work together to help fin(...)

Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary said that the referendum is asking to people to not only redefine marriage, but to redefine the family. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

A number of senior members of the Irish clergy called for a No vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum during masses held at the weekend.Spe(...)

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy distributed a letter referring to the same-sex marriage referendum at Churches across the Diocese of Limerick this weekend. Photograph: Arthur Ellis.

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said that the proposed redefinition of marriage in the forthcoming referendum will have a profound impact on the (...)

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy outside St John’s Cathedral in Limerick City.

A Catholic bishop has suggested that the sacrament of confirmation be taken out of primary schools and not administered until pupils reach 16 years of(...)

Bishop Brendan Leahy (left) photographed with Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The church of tomorrow must be inclusive and regenerated by us all, Limerick Bishop Brendan Leahy said as the first synod in Ireland in 50 years was l(...)

The Association of Catholic Priests has been calling for a national synod of the church in Ireland for some years. Photograph: Thinkstock

The first synod of its kind in the Irish Catholic Church for more than 50 years has been announced for the Limerick diocese in early 2016. It will (...)

Pope Francis waves to the faithful in St Peter’s Square in Rome after the canonisation of popes John XXIII and John Paul II yesterday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Irish Catholic Church was represented at the most senior level at yesterday’s Mass and canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s Square, Rome. Am(...)