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‘The word ‘Christmas’ no longers conveys the significance of the God who joined the human caravan and walked in our shoes,’ Catholic priest says

The word Christmas “has lost all meaning for believers,” Oblate priest and psychologist Fr Desmond O’Donnell. “The word ‘Christmas’ no longers convey(...)

Fr Ronan Drury: From Mullagh in Co Cavan, he was ordained in 1949. He died peacefully at Dublin’s Mater hospital on Thursday evening surrounded by his family and friends.

Fr Ronan Drury (93), editor of the Furrow magazine since 1977, has died. He succeeded Canon JG McGarry who founded the monthly magazine in 1950 but wa(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin: “The days when we could consider the priest as a lone ranger are long past.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Catholic primate, Archbishop Eamon Martin, has told a conference in Maynooth how ill-prepared he and his generation of priests were for the world (...)

Pope Francis after this week’s general audience in St Peter’s Square:  in 2013 he declared the founder of the Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle, “venerable”. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ETA

The Presentation Sisters are among the first Catholic institutions in the world to announce their divestment from fossil fuels. They are involved in(...)

Bulmers cider maker C&C has been a consistent supporter of and advocate for minimum unit pricing in Ireland since it was first mooted in 2013. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Until the term was ruined by right-wing headbangers, “virtue-signalling” was useful as a descriptor for certain tendencies of the self-righteous gang (...)

Alice Leahy: “The politicians haven’t a clue, really.” Photograph: Jason Clarke

Homeless campaigner Alice Leahy finds criticisms of unofficial homeless agencies “deeply insulting”. Caring for the roughest of rough sleepers for 42(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “People have underestimated the effect of the [child sexual] scandals on young people.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The low standing of women in the Catholic Church is the most significant reason for the feeling of alienation towards it in Ireland today, Archbishop(...)

President Michael D Higgins, and his wife, Sabina, with Caitlyn Melia and Jake Anderson, students at St Patrick’s national school in Chapelizod, John Fitzsimons of Camara and Edel Gormley, acting principal of the school. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As President Michael D Higgins walked through the square schoolroom in St Patrick’s national school in Dublin’s Chapelizod, Caitlyn Melia (9) was writ(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ordains James Daly and Bill O’ Shaughnessy to the priesthood for the Dublin Diocese. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Two men were ordained to the priesthood at Dublin’s Pro Cathedral on Tuesday which was the feast of St Laurence O’Toole, principal patron of the archd(...)

Writer and broadcaster Olivia O’Leary with Dr Donald E Ross, president of St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin, on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dump emojis, spare exclamation marks, put away phones and talk, writer and broadcaster Olivia O’Leary has said, warning “that our vocabularies are shr(...)

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