“It is profoundly disquieting that the decision of the High Court in Belfast has effectively weighed up one life against another and said to our society that the life of some children is more worthy of our protection, love and care than others.”  File photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland in response to the judgment of the High Court in Belfast in relation to the laws on abo(...)

 Fr Joseph Mullen at the baptismal font  in the Church of Three Patrons in Rathgar, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Catholic baptisms remain highly popular among parents at a time of declining mass attendance, latest figures show. The numbers have prompt(...)

In Ireland a nonbaptised child faces the prospect of languishing at the bottom of an oversubscribed school’s admission list

It is a noisy baptism day at a church in north Co Dublin. Parents, godparents, grandparents are gathered in the pews, resplendent in Sunday-b(...)

Where next?: Leadership is required from religious patrons, unions and politicians, but this has been lacking, according to Prof John Coolahan

The Catholic Church controls 90 per cent of Ireland’s primary schools. About 6 per cent are under the patronage of other religions, primarily(...)

Pope Francis delivers his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the City and to the World) message from St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican,  in 2013. Photograph: AP

It is indicative that two of the most recent books written about Pope Francis, namely The Promise Of Francis by David Willey and Francis, Pop(...)

Pope John XXIII riding in procession to St Peter’s Basilica, at start of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. Photograph: Paul Schutzer/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

The genesis of this collection was a conference organised by the Director of the UCD International Centre for Newman Studies, Pádraic Conway,(...)

Artist Simon Kizito tries to sell his painting of Pope Francis in Nairobi’s Kangemi slum. Photograph: Nichole Sobecki/Getty

Against a post-Paris backdrop of security concerns, Pope Francis this morning sets out on a five-day visit to Africa, travelling to Kenya, Uganda and (...)

Catholic Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan said homosexual activity was “morally wrong behaviour”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) has stood down a Galway fund committee that last year allocated €45,000 to a resource centre for the lesbian, gay(...)

James Stephens: his diary of changing moods and circumstances during Easter Week is one of the most  outstanding works on the rebellion

‘Ireland has too many histories; she deserves a rest.” In 1951 this was the verdict of Andy Cope, who had played an important role in Irish affairs 30(...)

The Bishop of Ossory Séamus Freeman welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education Jan O’ Sullivan that her Department had agreed to build the new schools.

Ireland’s oldest Catholic secondary school, St Kieran’s College Kilkenny, has provided a site to a non-denominational patron for two new schools in th(...)