Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said  “the image of the parish in 10 years’ time will be very, very different to the image of the parish we have today. There’ll be more lay people, deacons, religious, all working together under the leadership of a priest.” Photograph: Reuters

Just two Catholic priests in Dublin are under 40, while a further 44 are aged between 70 and 75 and “in the next four or five years will be going into(...)

‘It is important to remember senior religious who have given and continue to give tremendous service to the poor and needy, such as Pope Francis, Venerable Nano Nagle, Venerable Catherine McAuley, Br Kevin Crowley and Sr Stanislaus Kennedy (above). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

He looked astonished at an elderly religious sister nurse dressing the gaping wounds of a poor leprosy patient. “I wouldn’t do that for all the(...)

Fr Peter McVerry and Brian O’Driscoll at the Mansion House, Dublin, after being conferred with Honarary Freedom of the City of Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 2:42

Gordon D’Arcy eat you heart out. Freshly retired from international rugby, Brian O’Driscoll also acquired a new defensive partner over the week(...)

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn (centre), conferring the Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin on Fr Peter McVerry (left) and Brian O’Driscoll, at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin last night. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:42

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll and social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry were awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin last night. (...)

A woman looks at the newly-released book ‘I am very much in God’s hands. Private notebooks’ on sale in a bookshop in Warsaw, Poland. The former personal secretary of  Pope John Paul II has approved the publication of part of the late pontiff’s private notebooks, despite a request in his will that they should be burned. Photograph: Leszek Szymanski/EPA

Pope John Paul II spent decades constantly questioning whether he was worthy of the role he was called to carry out, according to private diaries publ(...)

Roy Keane during yesterday’s Republic of Ireland press conference at the Grand Hotel in Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/©INPHO

Let Roy be unconfined!Despite speculation to the contrary, the only gags in episode one of the MonKeano double act have been of the humorous variety.I(...)

Brian O’Driscoll: joins list including John F Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, the four members of U2, Kevin Heffernan, Aung San Suu Kyi. Louis Le Brocquy and Thomas Kinsella. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Rugby player Brian O’Driscoll and social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry are to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin. Lord Mayor Oisín Qui(...)

Fr Patrick Devine (left)  receives the 2013 International Caring Award from Val Halamandaris, founder and executive director of the Caring Institute, at the 25th Annual Caring Awards in Washington DC today.  Photograph: the Caring Institute.

An Irish priest who is playing a central role in creating enduring peace settlements in East Africa received the 2013 International Caring Award in Wa(...)

The International Eucharistic Congress in 2012 marked a turning point, when Irish Catholics saw that they were not isolated. Photograph: Alan Betson

Something is quietly changing in the Catholic Church in Ireland. It has had two horrible decades in which scandal seemed to follow scandal. The ordina(...)

Amit Chaudhuri, the distinguished Indian novelist, poet, musician and university lecturer, is residentially bipolar. He divides his time betwee(...)