The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Banbridge, Co Down, which is investigating child abuse in Northern Ireland residential institutions between 1922 and 1995. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP

Alleged abuse victims are refusing to sign statements to a major inquiry into historical offences at care homes unless they secure legal funding, the (...)

A bagpipe band makes its way up 5th Avenue  on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Getty

Guinness is back as sponsor of the world’s biggest St Patrick’s Day parade.The drinks giant withdrew its support of the 2014 parade down Fifth Avenue (...)

The principle of choice is built into democratic society but does it always work for the common good? Education is one field where choice can have a d(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: Pope has “ability to see that truth and mercy are not mutually exclusive”.

Church leaders, or self-appointed church spokespeople, have been warned by the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin against using insensitive(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson (second right) with (from left)  Dr Nicola Brady, research co-ordinator, Council For Justice and Peace;  Bishop Noel Treanor; Deirdre O’Rawe, regional director of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service NI; the DUP’s Paul Givan MLA and the DUP’s Jonathan Bell during a meeting on February 24th, 2015,  to discuss the Freedom of Conscience Amendment Bill. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye/PA Wire

The Catholic Church in Northern Ireland has met representatives of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Belfast to discuss legislation which will al(...)

When it came to the ritual exchange, the German leader offered the Pope not only a collection Bach CDs but also a white envelope containing money, intended for child refugees from Syria and Iraq. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/AFP/Getty Images

It was another busy Saturday in the Vatican as Pope Francis received German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a private audience. Earlier he had met with pi(...)

 Bernard McGinley was buried in Athlone on Monday. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

PSNI detectives investigating the murder of Bernard McGinley (63) at a wedding in Newtownbutler, Co Fermanagh, last week have been granted additional (...)

‘While the dominant of image of Irish Catholicism is of a Church in crisis, contributors to The Catholic Church in Ireland Today have also been struck by signs of resilience and renewal within the faith.’

You wouldn’t think the first interdisciplinary examination of the contemporary Catholic Church in Ireland by American-based scholars would come out(...)

Venus Restored (1936) is the work of  artist, Man Ray (1890-1976). The website states, “While acknowledging the anger, Cardinal Ravasi has chosen not to remove the image as it speaks clearly for one of the central points of the document: many women, alas, are still struggling for freedom (bound with rope), their voices and intellect often unheard (headless), their actions unappreciated (limbless).”

How has a headless, truncated, nude, female bondage image recently acquired pride of place on the website of a Vatican all-male body?The pontifical co(...)

Brendan Butler, We Are Church Ireland, Archdeacon Gordon Linney, and Canon Mark Gardner, at the launch of Faith in Marriage Equality, outside the Civil Registry Office, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

The retired Church of Ireland Archdeacon of Dublin Gordon Linney has called for a yes vote in the marriage equality referendum. “Personally, I think (...)