Pope Francis delivers his Christmas address to the Roman curia in the Vatican’s Clementina hall. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/Reuters

It is clear that Pope Francis’s pre-Christmas address to the Roman curia this week did not sit well with many of its members. It was a coruscating (...)

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(...)

Christian children take part in a demonstration  commemorating Assyrian Martyr Day  in Beirut’s Fanar district. Photograph:  Maya Hautefeuille/AFP/Getty Images

India is the latest country in which Christians have spoken out about their persecution. Christians of all denominations have issued a joint pre-Chris(...)

Pope Francis saluting prelates at the end of the audience of the Curia  at the Vatican in Rome today. In October 2009 the Vatican announced new ecclesiastical structures to absorb Anglicans disaffected by liberalising moves in their Communion. Photograph: EPA/L’Osservatore Romano

A Catholic parish priest who has left the ministry to marry will this week be replaced in his English parish by a married priest with three children. (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Canon David Gillespie (left) and Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, outside St. Ann’s Church Dawson Street during the Black Santa sit-out to raise money for charities working with homeless people. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Funds raised by this year’s Black Santa sit-out at St Ann’s Church on Dublin’s Dawson Street will go to help the city’s homeless. The sit-in was launc(...)

A mast at RTÉ’s Donnybrook facilities in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Retired RTÉ employees are the latest to oppose plans by the broadcaster to close down its Longwave 252 service from January 19th. The veteran staff jo(...)

Pat Donlon,  with her daughter Sinéad Kelly, granddaughter Emma Kelly and Frank Young at  Phelim Donlon’s funeral,  at the Church of St John the Baptist, Blackrock, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Phelim Donlon loved this time of year, his wife, Pat, recalled at the end of his funeral Mass in the Church of St John the Baptist, Blackrock, Dubl(...)

‘Last month I reported on President Michael D Higgins’s visit to Africa. For this occasionally jaundiced Irishman it was a heartening experience. So much of the best in our people is daily experience there. Meeting Irish missionaries and compatriots with NGOs felt like something of a rejuvenation.’ Above,  President Michael D Higgins at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in  Addis Ababa where he  delivered the keynote address on the fourth day of his  official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew /  Fennell Photography

It’s the season of goodwill, so let’s attempt it. That honest Staffordshire man Dr Samuel Johnson once said “the Irish are a fair people: they never s(...)