Archbishop Richard Clarke:“there is hopelessness in our land that we must also challenge in the name of Jesus Christ.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Church of Ireland primate has warned against hopelessness in Ireland. Archbishop Richard Clarke said “there is hopelessness in our land that we mu(...)

Pope Francis attends yesterday’s opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The prevailing mood among Catholics concerning the papacy of Pope Francis is one of uncertainty. Frequently, this is accompanied by anxiety – at the p(...)

Darren Clarke embraces Zach Johnson after their singles match in 2006 at the K Club as caddie Billy Foster looks on. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

Over its last three decades, the Ryder Cup has been so finely contested that the destination of the cup often hinges on a particular singles match lat(...)

Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly announced he was delaying introduction of the diaconate following strong protests. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

An estimated 200 people, mainly women but including clergy, attended a meeting at the Clare Inn in Dromoland Co Clare last night at what was intended (...)

Ian Paisley at a rally on Royal Avenue outside Belfast City Hall in 1974. “Paisley the politician defeated Paisley the preacher.” Photograph: Trevor McBride 2:19

In 2006, about a year before Ian Paisley stunned the world by going into government with Sinn Féin, I was talking to a clearly troubled senior memb(...)

Chinese police have arrested nearly 1,000 suspected members of a religious cult known as the Church of Almighty God, or Eastern Light, as part of a major crackdown, state media has reported. Photograph: Getty

Chinese police have arrested nearly 1,000 suspected members of a religious cult known as the Church of Almighty God, or Eastern Lightning, as part of (...)

Iraqi Yazidi people who fled their homes in Sinjar, enter Iraq from Syria at a border crossing in Faysh Khabur in Dohuk Province, northern Iraq. Photograph: Adam Ferguson/The New York Times

The Presbyterian Moderator had called on the British and Irish Governments to give all available help and support in humanitarian aid to Christian and(...)

A file image of pilgrims on Croagh Patrick at sunrise. Photograph: The Irish Times

Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has warned against double standards when it comes to respect for religions other than Christianity about which, he s(...)

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said the Church “which talks abut a preferential option for the poor must show unflinchingly a preferential option for those who have been victims of abuse within its fold.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

The Church “which talks abut a preferential option for the poor must show unflinchingly a preferential option for those who have been victims of abuse(...)

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(...)