Cardinal Seán Brady, who launched the   Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults, an adaptation of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults was launched by Cardinal Seán Brady at Maynooth yesterday. Designed to complement the Catechism of the Catho(...)

‘It is important to remember senior religious who have given and continue to give tremendous service to the poor and needy, such as Pope Francis, Venerable Nano Nagle, Venerable Catherine McAuley, Br Kevin Crowley and Sr Stanislaus Kennedy (above). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

He looked astonished at an elderly religious sister nurse dressing the gaping wounds of a poor leprosy patient. “I wouldn’t do that for all the(...)

The Mater: where the sisters stood up to the Black and Tans. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Sr Eugene Nolan has written a fascinating history of the Mater hospital, Caring for the Nation, published by Gill & Macmillan. She describes tense(...)

Sr Monica, Sr Jacinta, Sr Veronica and Sr Kelly Francis of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal with Fr Joe Campbell of St Mary’s parish, Drogheda. Photo: Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

The story of Christianity in Ireland appears to be coming full circle, at least in its Roman Catholic manifestation. Four nuns, three of them children(...)

The exterior of the now derelict Sisters of Our Lady of Charity Magdalene laundry on Sean McDermott St in Dublin. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The four religious congregations that have refused to contribute to the compensation fund for residents of their former Magdalene laundries had combin(...)