Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican last month. Restoration to full ministry of priests disciplined by the Vatican will be discussed at a planned meeting between  Catholic bishops and the Association of Catholic Priests.  File photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Restoration to full ministry of priests disciplined by the Vatican will be one of the main topics to be discussed at a planned meeting between the Cat(...)

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin recalled how “when I visited the family home in Derry of those who lost their lives at Buncrana pier on Sunday, I could see first hand the merciful outreach of the local priest and community at a time of unspeakable pain and loss”.

When the priest who officiated at the funerals today of those five people who died in last Sunday’s Buncrana calamity first heard the news he “said a (...)

Archibishop of  Armagh Eamon Martin: worried about growing persecution of Christians worldwide.

The growth in the persecution of Christians and others worldwide is a focus of the joint Christmas message from both Primates of All-Ireland. Catholi(...)

The funeral of Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddihy en route to the Church of the Sacred Heart in Carndonagh, Co Donegal. Photograph:  Trevor McBride

People with mental-health problems must seek professional help, said the daughter of a couple killed in their Co Donegal home. Maureen Cuddihy (...)

A group representing Irish priests has called for radical measures to be taken by the Catholic bishops to address the current vocations crisis in the Church.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A group representing Irish priests has called for radical measures to be taken by the Catholic bishops to address the current vocations crisis in the (...)

Rome in recent days has been dominated by those who recall the late pontiffs.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As Rome prepares for the impact of an estimated million-strong crowd at tomorrow’s canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, yesterday was(...)

Dr Donal McKeown, the new Bishop of Derry: ‘as Christians of various traditions, we have an opportunity and a duty to be sources of hope, especially when political sclerosis seems to have afflicted out body politic’

The failure of the Northern Ireland Assembly “to focus on delivering the reforms that people need” was addressed this afternoon by the newly in(...)

7/3/2012.   - NEWS -Bishop Donal McKeown, at a press conference following the Spring general meeting of the Irish Bishops' Conference, in Maynooth, Co. Kildare.Photographer: Dara Mac D�naill / THE IRISH TIMES Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

The new Catholic Bishop of Derry is Donal McKeown, who had been Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor since 2001. He succeeds Bishop Séamus Hegar(...)

Desmond Rea: John Larkin “has faced up to the issue and I commend him fully for that”

The North’s attorney general has received qualified support for his call for an end to prosecutions arising from the Troubles. John Larkin QC was roun(...)