At a time when the shortage of Catholic priests in the western world, not least in Ireland, has become acute it is hardly critical to wonder at a mode(...)

Archbishop Charles Brown: ‘We need to avoid the caricature that the only thing the Catholic Church has to speak about is abortion, gay marriage and contraception.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The shortage of priests in Ireland is a huge problem and the “crisis in numbers . . . will, in the short term, not get better”, papal nuncio to Irela(...)

 Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown believes relations between Ireland and the Vatican are now “quite good and immensely improved from four years ago”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 4:21

Ireland’s Catholic bishops have been praised by the papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, for the compassion with which they dealt with marriage-equ(...)

A talk to be given at a community centre in Cloyne diocese   by Fr Tony Flannery (above), who holds liberal views on women priests, homosexuality and contraception,  has been cancelled. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A talk to be given by Fr Tony Flannery at a community centre in Cloyne diocese has been cancelled by order of Bishop William Crean. It’s understood t(...)

 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(...)

Archbishop Charles Brown runs into the prayer vigil  against the “display on the website of the Vatican-based Pontifical Council for Culture

Oh dear. On Valentine’s Day too. And as the film Fifty Shades of Grey, with its themes of domination, humiliation and bondage, took over the media. Wi(...)

A leading Church of Ireland cleric has urged legislators to “use caution” when preparing changes to the Constitution dealing with blasphemy as an offe(...)

 A section of the large crowd this week at the ploughing championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The papal nuncio is a fan. Russell Crowe knows all about it. National Geographic lists it as one of Ireland’s top 10 must-see events. In a country whe(...)

Gerry King (left) from Dunleer, Co Louth, ploughing in the senior horse section, watched by his son Gerard  at the National Ploughing Championships. Photograph: Eric Luke 2:39

There is nothing like this. Nothing. Here, you get the real deal. This is the mood your vintage oilcloth artisan types strive to evoke in their carefu(...)

Mounted gardaí on duty yesterday on day two of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska , Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Another record was broken at the National Ploughing Championships today when it attracted its largest ever crowd of 124,500 people and got the seal of(...)