Members of the Lord Edward’s Own historical re-enactment group taking part on Saturday in Kilcoole’s heritage weekend marking the north Wicklow village’s role in the Irish Vonunteer gun running 100 years ago. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Themes of reconciliation, diversity and reflective consideration of Ireland’s chequered modern history dominated sentiment in the north Wicklow villag(...)

A chara, – To answer concerns raised by Breda O’Brien about certain social media sites (Opinion & Analysis, July 19th) Declan Kelly lashes into th(...)

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(...)

Police in Northern Ireland are treating an arson attack on a church in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim  as a hate crime.

Police in Northern Ireland are treating an arson attack on a church as a hate crime.Scorch damage was caused to the front door of the St Mary’s Star o(...)

Monday last may yet turn out to be a most significant day in the Roman Catholic Church where clerical child sexual abuse is concerned. That morning Po(...)

Adults abuse children because they can. They believe their power over others means they will not be caught and punished. Photograph: Thinkstock

The conviction of Rolf Harris is a reminder that child abuse is an abuse of power. The crime persists because perpetrators are not challenged and d(...)

Anglican  ministers are now obliged to keep confessed serious crimes  secret only if he or she is satisfied the penitent has already reported the offence to police. Photograph: Walter Bibikow/the Image Bank/Getty

The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia has voted to change the requirement that its clergy maintain the seal of the confession in all c(...)

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said the Church “which talks abut a preferential option for the poor must show unflinchingly a preferential option for those who have been victims of abuse within its fold.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

The Church “which talks abut a preferential option for the poor must show unflinchingly a preferential option for those who have been victims of abuse(...)

Pope Francis conducts a mass before presenting Archbishops with their palliums in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican today. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis led a religious ceremony at the Vatican today, his first public appearance since concerns for his health were raised when he abruptly ca(...)

A June 11th photograph of Seleka fighters  sitting on a pick-up truck in the town of Goya in Central African Republic, where fighting between Christian and Muslim groups has left at least 50 people  dead. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.

More than 50 people have been killed in two days of clashes in Central African Republic, witnesses and officials said today, with foreign troops stru(...)