Papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles J Brown said letting each person define their own concepts of existence and meaning represents “an enormous abdication of our responsibility to seek some meaningful communality among human beings, based on our shared human nature”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Having “absolute respect for life in all its stages and dimensions” is among the norms limiting the individual’s freedom to act as they might wish, th(...)

Dominick Geraghty, Carnaross, Kells, Co Meath,with his dog Edward on his way down the mountain during his pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick. Photograph: Michael McLaughlin

Benedict Donnelly wore short pants, a shirt and a tie when he first climbed the Reek as a small boy, and his best Sunday shoes were almost worn throug(...)

The ordination of Bishop Raymond Browne was attended by 1,200 guests in Co Kerry today. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Father Ray Browne was ordained today as Bishop of Kerry in Saint Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney. The 56-year-old is a graduate of St Patrick’s College Ma(...)