Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin told the church’s newest appointees that being a priest “is not easy”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A former barman was among two priests ordained for the Archdiocese of Dublin in a ceremony at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral on Wednesday. Chris Derwin (32) (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said: “It’s very clear that if this referendum is an affirmation of the views of young people, then the church has a huge task in front of it to find the language to be able to talk to and to get its message across to young people, not just on this issue, but in general.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic Church needs “a reality check” in the wake of the same-sex marriage referendum and needs to ask if it has drifted away from young people,(...)

File photograph of the opening of a ballot box. Up to 400 members of the public have been refused access to Dublin Castle for the declaration in the same-sex marriage referendum. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Up to 400 members of the public have been refused access to Dublin Castle for the declaration in the same-sex marriage referendum.The Department of th(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Catholic bishops have not made any decision on whether priests should decline to perform civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex couples following the May 22nd referendum. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Catholic bishops have not made any decision on whether priests should decline to perform civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said he could not celebrate the light of Christ without thinking of those students in Kenya who were singled out one by one to be killed because of their Christian identity.

Christian students murdered in Kenya on Holy Thursday have been remembered at Easter vigil ceremonies at Dublin’s Pro Cathedral by Archbishop Diarmuid(...)

Sculptor Tim Schmalz with his ‘Homeless Jesus’ bronze. The sculpture is due to arrive in Dublin on Good Friday and will be installed on the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral a week later. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:47

The “Homeless Jesus” sculpture is due to arrive in Dublin on Good Friday and, following clearance by customs, is expected to be installed on the groun(...)

Fr Michael Drumm, chairperson  of the Catholic Schools Partnership (CSP). The CSP has just published new guidelines for religious teaching in Catholic schools. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Catholic schools should “take care” not to exceed the 2½ hours reserved in the primary school timetable each week for religious teaching and sacrament(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said some bishops at the synod felt the document could have said more on the questions of LGBT people and divorce. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It will not be possible for the Catholic Church to use certain language concerning LGBT and divorced people following last weekend’s Synod, Archbishop(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said an overnight change of doctrine is you say that what was wrong is now right, that is “just not on the cards”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has warned against expectations of doctrinal change at the end of the three year long Synod process. Speaking in (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the church in Ireland was moving from a more ‘rigorous’ tradition. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic Church in Ireland was moving from a rigorous tradition to one that is more lax, the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said in Rome tod(...)