Being “appalled” is not good enough. Failure by seven out of nine religious congregations operating in the Dublin archdiocese to apply strict oversigh(...)

In a video telling the story of Irish nuns and brothers, Br Kevin Crowley, of the Capuchin Day Centre,  explains his vocation. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

The success of a video telling the story of Irish nuns has taken religious authorities by surprise, particularly as it has yet to be launched. The fou(...)

Fr Michael Cleary: Dublin priest Fr Arthur O’Neill, in a newsletter last June, described media revelations that Fr Cleary had children as ‘exasperating’ and unproven. Photograph: Frank Miller/ The Irish Times

A Dublin parish priest, rebuked by two Catholic archbishops last June for casting doubt on media reports that Fr Michael Cleary fathered children, has(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has asked Dublin’s Catholics to take part in parish discussions on the family in advance of a Vatican synod on the subject  in October. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin’s Catholics are being asked to take part in parish discussions on the family to take place in February and March. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ha(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin greets Shaikh Hussein Halawa, the imam of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland after Mass in the Pro-Cathedral. Photograph: John McElroy.

The need to build “a culture of dialogue and respect’’ was stressed by Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin at a Mass in the Pro-Cathedral in solid(...)

 The Pro-Cathedral’s administrator Canon Damian O’Reilly urged people on St Stephen’s Day to leave any gifts they did not want at the crib instead of putting them on Ebay. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Socks are no longer the king of unwanted gifts if the mound of presents donated to St Mary’s Pro Cathedral are anything to go by. On St Stephen’s Day,(...)

There is a serious problem of human trafficking in Ireland and the Church and other voluntary bodies had a responsibility to address it, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

There is a serious problem of human trafficking in Ireland and the Church and other voluntary bodies had a responsibility to address it, the Catholic (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin made an appeal to parishioners for donations on Decmeber 1st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Almost as much food was collected in Dublin’s Catholic parishes on the weekend of December 6th and 7th, as in three collections last year. To date, 1(...)

‘Most of us don’t go along with what the institution says. People know its balderdash,’ says one participant at the All Are Welcome Mass. Stock photograph: Rex Features

Judy Garland may have urged us to “make our yuletides gay” in the song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, but for those of us born that way it(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the hostel is “taking people who are reasonably stable, to get them out of the really rough places. One lad had been stabbed. If they have an address they can get a job. They can be clean. They can come in and out during the day.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Patrick is 33, from Dún Laoghaire and “ashamed to say I was using [heroin] since I was 11, selling since 12.” He has been sleeping rough for years “in(...)