Knock Parish church. File photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

An estimated 150,000 pilgrims are expected to take part in this year’s national public novena at Knock which begins on Thursday. It continues until th(...)

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 (...)

The confraternity was established at Knock Shrine (above) on October 17th last and adopted Our Lady of Knock, St Patrick, St Oliver Plunkett and St John Vianney as its patrons. Photograph: Alan Betson

A new organisation for priests is to hold its first meeting in Knock, Co Mayo next month. The Irish Confraternity of Catholic Clergy said speakers wou(...)