Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Dr Michael Jackson, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin,  are concerned about access to churches on Easter Sunday. Photograph: The Irish Times

Church of Ireland clergy, including Archbishop Michael Jackson, are to meet in Dublin on Friday to discuss ways to address difficulties in accessing (...)

Baked images of Pope Francis are part of the production of a bakery in Morelia, Michoacan State, Mexico. The pope  will visit four Mexican states during his time there. Photograph: Enrique Castro/AFP/Getty

This is one occasion when the word “historic” definitely applies. When Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill of Moscow in Havana, Cuba, on Friday, it wi(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said all allegations of clerical child sexual abuse in Ireland must be reported to gardaí. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

All allegations of clerical child sexual abuse on the island of Ireland must be reported to civil authorities, said Catholic Church representatives. (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has responded to a new Vatican document on the reporting of claims of clerical abuse. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said all allegations of clerical abuse in Ireland must be reported to gardaí, responding to a new Vatican document sayi(...)

Pope Francis leading the Ash Wednesday mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

The Catholic church is telling newly appointed bishops that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that(...)

Enda Kenny tried to  to pin some kind of blame on Gerry Adams who said he would recruit 3,000 gardaí and reopen 140 Garda stations. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Will the last person to politicise the recent gangland murders please turn off the lights? And will the last person to use the murderous activity of g(...)

Accord president, Bishop Denis Nulty:  “Perhaps in time to come the effect of Instagram, Snapchat or tweeting in the relationships of today will become more evident.” File photograph: Getty Images

Social media and texting now pose greater problems in relationships than infidelity, according to figures published by Accord, the Catholic Church’s m(...)

David Farrell’s Easter Arbour Hill  (2012)

Before, During, After . . . Almost David Farrell Galleries II & III, Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin ***** When the RH(...)

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow with Russian president Vladimir Putin.  The rift between the western and eastern branches of Christianity dates to the Great Schism of 1054. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA

Pope Francis will stop in Cuba on his way to Mexico next week to hold a historic meeting with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Va(...)

Fr John Gallagher (48), who is from Strabane, Co Tyrone,  has been ministering in Florida since 2000.

An Irish Catholic priest has been singled out for praise in a letter sent to the Vatican by US police officers who investigated a clerical child abuse(...)