Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the hostel is “taking people who are reasonably stable, to get them out of the really rough places. One lad had been stabbed. If they have an address they can get a job. They can be clean. They can come in and out during the day.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Patrick is 33, from Dún Laoghaire and “ashamed to say I was using [heroin] since I was 11, selling since 12.” He has been sleeping rough for years “in(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady: for the past four years the child abuse issue cast a shadow over his tenure at the top of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

What was striking yesterday was the warmth and affection with which so many church leaders and others spoke of Cardinal Seán Brady. A naturally hum(...)

Drag queen Panti Bliss (AKA Rory O’Neill) has been nominated to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge by two Dublin-based Redemptorist priests. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Two Catholic priests have undertaken the Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, papal nuncio Archbishop(...)

‘Dr Donald Caird’s  first curacy in east Belfast in the 1950s brought him face to face with the working-class community of the shipyards.’  Photograph: Jack McManus

If “the child is the father of the man” we may trace influences in Donald Caird’s career to his schooldays in Wesley College in the 1940s. Following a(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady. Photograph: Eric Luke

The sole clerical abuse survivor on the Vatican’s new Commission for the Protection of Minors, Marie Collins, says she hopes Catholic Primate Cardina(...)

Peter MacMillan: Now a regular cultural commentator on television, where his fluid, scholarly Japanese astonishes viewers

Artist, poet, scholar and garlanded translator, Peter MacMillan has come a very long way from his childhood in the Kildare countryside, growing up in (...)

Pope Francis waves to the faithful in St Peter’s Square in Rome after the canonisation of popes John XXIII and John Paul II yesterday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Irish Catholic Church was represented at the most senior level at yesterday’s Mass and canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s Square, Rome. Am(...)

Pilgrims gather in Rome this evening ahead of ceremonies tomorrow to mark the canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Photograph: Patsy McGarry.

The mood was festive in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican today as thousands of people from around the world began to gather for tomorrow mornin(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin received the 2013 Vincentian Charism Award.

In the area of child protection the church in Ireland can rightly be proud of what has been achieved over the past 10 years. But more needs to be done(...)

In 1988 Dublin’s Catholic bishops, and Archbishop-elect Desmond Connell, decided to unleash known paedophile Patrick McCabe on an unsuspecting California. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

You could say that chapter 20 is a 62-page distillation of all the horrors revealed in the Murphy report, in general.It illustrates vividly a world wh(...)