Fr Brendan Hoban, from the Association of Catholic Priests. The association has decided not to take a position on the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Association of Catholic Priests has decided not to take a position on the same-sex marriage referendum on May 22nd, and has urged priests not to d(...)

Raised By Wolves: Caroline Moran, Alexa Davies as Aretha, Helen Monks as Germaine and Caitlin Moran

Working-class teenage girls get a bad rap on British TV. In reality shows and dramas they tend to be portrayed as thick and hard faced, with designer (...)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation comes two years after he stepped down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, having admitted inappropriate sexual behaviour towards priests in the 1980s. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In an extremely rare move, the Vatican yesterday announced that the pope had accepted the resignation of the “rights and privileges” of a cardinal,(...)

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One of the great privileges of my day job is that I get to Rome reasonably regularly. Were it not for our Rome correspondent, Paddy Agnew, I would be (...)

Also on the programme former president of Ireland Mary McAleese says that while she likes Pope Francis she feels he just doesn’t get women – “there’s a blind side here.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Pope Francis has been publicly criticised by Irish American and senior Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke in a documentary to be broadcast on RTÉ One tele(...)

The Vatican’s UN Ambassador Archbishop  Silvano Tomasi has said the use of force will be necessary to protect minority groups from Islamic State aggression if a political solution cannot be achieved. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA.

The Vatican’s UN ambassador has said the use of force will be necessary to protect minority groups from Islamic State aggression if a political solut(...)

Pope Francis leads a penitential ceremony at St Peter’s basilica in Vatican. Photograph: AFP

Pope Francis has repeated his belief that his pontificate may be brief. In an interview marking the second anniversary of his election on March 13th, (...)

The condemnatory language used by Catholic bishops about gay and lesbian people has been moderated in recent years. No longer is the term “intrinsical(...)

‘The Judeo-Christian faith always taught that marriage was initiated by God at creation (Gen 1:27, 28).’ Photograph: Getty Images

On May 22nd people will be asked to add to the Constitution’s article on the family: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons(...)

 Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh (right) and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin pictured  at the Columba Centre in Maynooth on Tuesday where they held a press conference on the Catholic Church’ stance on the forthcoming same sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Collins

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has refused to say whether Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran retains his confidence in discussing same se(...)