From left, chairman of Dublin Samaritans David Hughes, volunteer Erna O’Connor, director Brendan Gallagher, volunteer Hilda Robinson, and executive director Catherine Brogan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

A man once rang Brendan Gallagher and told him he was on his way to take his own life. “He had picked a spot,” says Gallagher. “This was the ea(...)

The Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin (above) has said interfering with the definition of marriage is not ‘a simple or a trivial matter.’

The Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said interfering with the definition of marriage is not ‘a simple or a trivial matter.’In a statement(...)

A screengrab from a video posted to YouTube of a loyalist flute band outside St Patrick’s Chapel in north Belfast in 2012

Thirteen members of a loyalist flute band have been convicted of provocatively playing a sectarian tune outside a Catholic church in Belfast. A judge (...)

Representatives from the  BeLonG To YES coalition at a meeting on the importance for young people of a ‘Yes’ vote in the same-sex marriage referendum. Organisations involved in the coalition include the ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige and BeLonG To. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The same-sex marriage referendum represents an ‘incredible opportunity’ to look young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the eye and tel(...)

A Turkish soldier stands guard at the Helles Memorial during a commemoration ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Gallipoli. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Hugh MacDermot from Coolavin near Ballaghaderreen was 18 when he was killed at Gallipoli on August 9th 1915.His company commander Capt Wigley, in a no(...)

Cagliari chief prosecutor Mauro Mura told reporters that as well as planning to launch attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as earlier reported, the suspects may also have been aiming to target the Vatican. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPA

Suspected extremists being questioned in a counter-terrorism investigation in Italy may have been planning an attack against the Vatican, one of the p(...)

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland said it “upholds the historic – and Christian – view of marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman. We affirm that it is needed for the common good of society”. Photograph: Getty Images

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has called for a no vote in the marriage equality referendum on May 22nd next. In a statement it has said: “(...)

The Turin shroud, which has gone on display for the first time in five years. Some  Christians believe the  14ft sheet is the burial cloth in which the crucified body of Christ was lain. Photograph: Giorgio Perottino/Reuters

More than one million people from across the world are expected to head for Turin in the coming weeks for their chance to catch a glimpse of one of C(...)

The meeting of Catholic Priests’ Associations and Reform Groups called on bishops in their respective countries to “courageously and publicly” support the vision and programme of Pope Francis for the church. Photograph: EPA

An international gathering of Catholic Church reform movements has called on bishops to be more pro-active in support of Pope Francis and changes he i(...)

Antonio Maria Rouco, former archbishop of Madrid:  living in a luxury €1.7m apartment in central Madrid, paid for by the Catholic Church. Photograph:   Quim Llenas/Cover/Getty Images

When Antonio María Rouco ended his long tenure as archbishop of Madrid last summer, it was widely assumed that for the first time in decades, he would(...)