Fearful: Kathleen McDonnell, at the ruins of Teampail na Naoi Naomh, on Loop Head. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Within eight months of his election, on March 13th last year, Time magazine declared Pope Francis its person of the year. An American gay magazine,(...)

Gradually and for a variety of reasons, the memory of Mary Magdalene changed in the Western church – Actors Pascal Lacey playing the part of Jesus Christ, Margaret Walshas Mary, Eva Mulhare as Mary Magdalene ,and William Byrne, as John the Apostle during the Ballylinan Passion Play on stage at St. Annes Community Hall Ballylinan in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

In a recent letter to The IrishTimes on the subject of mother-and-baby homes, Dr Mary Mullaney wrote: “I visited the chapel [of Seán Ross Abbey] where(...)

Association of Catholics in Ireland steering group member Jacqueline Nelson (right)  and Soline Humbert light candles at the association’s launch in a Dublin hotel on Saturday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A lay Catholic organisation that wants ordinary parishioners to have a greater role in the church was launched at the weekend.About 150 people attende(...)

Some 150 people turned up this morning to the launch of a new lay organisation for Irish Catholics. The Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI), a n(...)