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(...)

Pilgrims gather in Rome this evening ahead of ceremonies tomorrow to mark the canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Photograph: Patsy McGarry.

The mood was festive in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican today as thousands of people from around the world began to gather for tomorrow mornin(...)

Brother Paul and sister Catherine of the late Tom O’Gorman after his funeral Mass in Our Lady of the Church in Castleknock yesterday. Photograph: David Sleator

Virtue, tolerance and belief in the resurrection. The three main themes of the readings at the funeral of murdered Dublin man Tom O’Gorman tried to ca(...)

Pope Francis: making us aware that we have three incredible celebrities, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, at the heart of our culture. Photograph: Reuters

With the bailout “troika” gone, we are about to welcome another “troika”, this time, however, a threesome whose narrative will be celebrated, retold w(...)

Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick: city can be “cited as an example of hope”. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

The gangland rules of silence have finally been broken by those prepared to speak out, the Bishop of Limerick has said.Speaking at Mass in Limerick at(...)

Catholic Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Catholic Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy said tonight there were shades of George Orwell’s Animal Farm in the current debate on abortion legis(...)

Cardinal Sean Brady: “perception of the seriousness of abortion has grown progressively obscured”. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The perception of the seriousness of abortion has grown progressively obscured, Cardinal Seán Brady said at the introduction to a mass held tod(...)

The Catholic bishops of Ireland stress once again the importance of continuing to provide a health care service in Ireland which ensures comple(...)