Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “I wouldn’t be asked to give my opinion, the decision is between them and the Holy See.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Diarmuid Martin says he has no role under canon law regarding hospital property

Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy said he had been told it was the first time in Europe an interfaith group had developed such a strategy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Forum has ‘huge role to play’ in addressing divisions, migration, reckless politicians

 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “The Minister himself has recognised the place of conscientious objection. We’ll wait and see exactly what comes out as to whether the solutions the Minister presents are going to be adequate.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish TimesPhotograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Martin surprised at Pope replying to Zappone letter about mother and baby homes

“Our mother arrived back to find every light in the house on, every tap running, the younger ones running up and down the stairs, and Seán and I missing.”
In a Word: Immaculate

Two boys lose their bearings in a vast new home in Ballaghaderreen on December 8th

In a Word . . .

. . . wrong. Patsy McGarry

In A Word... age

Who would want to be 21 again? It was grand at the time but it’s someone else’s turn now

My destiny was writ. I was to be stuck for half an hour making turgid conversation

Emma Mhic Mhathúna, one of the women affected by the  CervicalCheck controversy, who died last month aged 37 Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Award named for CervicalCheck controversy campaigner will benefit mature students

St Laurence O’Toole’s heary will be housed in a specially designed piece by artist Eoin Turner in Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.

New enclosure for relic stolen in 2012 to be blessed in ecumenical service

 Aung San Suu Kyi receiving Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award from Bono at the Bord Gáis Theatre, Dublin in June 2012. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Human rights group accuses Myanmar leader of ‘shameful betrayal’ of values

 Chief Justice Frank Clarke at the inauguration of Michael D Higgins for his second term as President, at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Atheist Ireland campaigns against exclusion of conscientious atheists from public office

President Michael D Higgins at the presidential inauguration ceremony at Dublin Castle.  Photograph: Maxwells/PA Wire

Leader calls for a ‘Republic of inclusivity, love and joy’ as he is inaugurated for second term

Britain’s Prince Andrew, the Duke of York (right) is greeted by Archbishop Eamon  Martin before a Service of Remembrance at St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, on the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Peace ‘means coming out of our own trenches; building bridges, not parapets’, Eamon Martin says

“The white poppy is a statement of peace as opposed to the red poppy which has become embroiled in UK politics,” the Quakers said. Photograph: iStock

White linked to peace as opposed to red poppy ‘embroiled in UK politics’, Quakers say

Lord Mayor Mick Finn suggested people should try and imagine what life was like for the generation of young Cork people who went to fight in battle.

Tributes are paid on Armistice centenary to 4,500 Cork men and women who died

In a Word ... Armistice

The first World War was hilariously described as ‘the war to end all wars’

At St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, silence will be observed at 11am on Sunday to mark the end of the first World War. Choral Evensong at 3.15pm will include official wreath-laying.

Galway events will commemorate 1,400 men from county who died in WWI

A file photograph of Alice Leahy at the Alice Leahy Trust on Bride Road, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Should be run by mature staff, not idealistic young people who burn out, says Alice Leahy

Visual artist Patrick Bolger and sociologist Dr Maria Quinlan at  the launch of  ‘I Am One in Four’,  an exhibition of photographs and words produced by people who have experienced childhood sexual violence.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Survivors tell their stories in images and text, creating a ‘compelling, disturbing’ exhibition

The legislation says it will be an offence for a person, by any means whatsoever, to intentionally end the life of a foetus otherwise than in accordance with the provisions of the Act

Abortion Bill: TDs debate 180 proposed amendments by pro-choice and anti-abortion TDs

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin  said the World Meeting of Families was “the tale of two congresses: there’s what happened on the ground, and then there’s what happened in the media”

Rite & Reason: Bishop says there was ‘consistent negative coverage in the media in the final weeks of preparation’

 Ombudsman Peter Tyndall had warned the Department of Justice that it needed to move speedily to deal with compensation for the 200 women. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Government says it will resolve issue of 200 survivors whose awards were withheld

 An art installation of 3,200 giant poppies   made of artificial silk to remember the end of the first World War I at Koenigsplatz square in Munich,  Germany. Photograph: Lennart Preiss/EPA

Quaker organised commemoration will take place on centenary of end to World War I

“With hindsight, not least following the past two years, the world might be a better place had Columbus been detained in Galway.”
In a Word . . .

. . . Columbus

Images of Dan Breen from a police notice offering a £1,000 reward for the capture of the Soloheadbeg ambush organiser, “wanted for murder in Ireland” and described as having a “sulky bulldog appearance”.

Soloheadbeg ambush in January 1919 among most controversial episodes in period

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Katherine Zappone. File photograph: Eric Luke

By 1951 more than 1 per cent of the Irish population was incarcerated in institutions

The Pew Research Centre has found religion  “very important” to 23 per of Irish people, with 37 per cent attending religious services at least monthly and 19 per cent praying daily.

Ireland tightly aligned to liberal values with 69% believing in God, Pew survey finds

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “We had five new complaints alone in July about abuse by already-known Dublin diocesan priests, as compared with nine for all of 2017.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Archbishop tells conference focus on abuse prompted survivors to come forward

His Holiness Pope Francis with President Michel D. Higgins and his wife Sabena at Áras An Uachtaráin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Bishop blames media’s consistent negative coverage for shortfall in fundraising

A man looks at the results of the blasphemy referendum. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Time to expunge other dated articles to create inclusive document

In all the Dublin constituencies the Yes vote was over 70 per cent. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

‘Ireland is rightly proud of our reputation as a modern, liberal society,’ says Flanagan

In a word... alcohol

It pains me to see you portrayed as toxic, Al. You are not

Church leaders in attendance at the meeting included the Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Richard Clarke. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Deadlock ‘affecting community life, public services and cross-Border co-operation’

Former minister for justice  Dermot Ahern: ‘Imagine the reaction if I proposed a referendum then.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dermot Ahern says 2009 law was designed to make prosecutions for the act impossible

The Bons Secours Mother and Baby Home, Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Tuam Home Graveyard Committee/ PA Wire

HSE papers also claim senior Church figures were involved in trafficking of children

A significant number of infant remains were confirmed on the site of the former home in March 2017. File photograph: The Irish Times

Majority living in area close to former mother and child home opposed to extensive exhumation

 Minister for Children Katherine Zappone  at a press briefing to announce details of plans to excavate the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home site. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

‘It is an offer, it is a contribution to the costs, it is voluntary, it is not a settlement, it is not an indemnity’ - Katherine Z(...)

 Sinead Burke, writer and campaigner, addressing a seminar organised  by the Press Council of Ireland, and the Office of the Press Ombudsman on the role of  the print media  in advancing the participation and representation of minority communities in society. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Concerns raised about word ‘junkie’ and images of rough sleepers to illustrate homelessness

Gina Menzies said the blasphemy clause in the Constitution ‘doesn’t protect freedom of religion and belief, in fact it undermines it’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Criminalising blasphemy has no place in a modern democracy such as ours’

In a Word... Memory

Our mother was admitted to the nursing home and does not fully realise where she is

President Michael D Higgins at the announcement of  his arts initiative at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

President believes remaining years of Decade of Centenaries will provide difficult challenge

Stephen Fry is interviewed by Gay Byrne on ‘The Meaning of Life’. Photograph: RTÉ

A guide to how the State’s ban on blasphemy became a law

Philomena Lee at the publishing of the Clann Project's report on adoption and mother and baby homes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Philomena Lee refused right to give evidence in public to mother and baby home inquiry

The most popular name for newborn girls in Ireland  is Emily and for boys it is Jack. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Once popular first names now facing ‘extinction’ in Ireland

Pope Francis waves to the jubilant faithful after presiding over a canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Getty Images

Two of the 20th century’s most contentious figures sainted

In a Word

.... Thriller. Patsy McGarry

A file photograph of Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Photograph: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/

Cardinal was heavily criticised over his handling of abuse allegations against three priests while bishop of Pittsburgh

The meeting heard there was no pension for Catholic priests in this country and what was available to a retiring priest was at the whim of his bishop. Photograph: Getty Images

Association of Catholic Priests describe member as ‘extremely discouraged’ by attitude of bishops

Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917 - 1980) at home in San Salvador in November 1979. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

Late Salvadoran archbishop is to be canonised by Pope Francis on Sunday

‘The relationship of the Church of Ireland with the totality of Irish history and culture . . . can only become more complex as we approach the commemoration of 150 years of Disestablishment,” Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson has said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Being Anglican and Irish a religious and psychological issue not political or territorial

Speaking at the Church of Ireland Synod in Greystones, Rev Dr Norman Gamble, a member of the Diocesan Board of Education, said ‘our schools are part of our mission rather than for own people’. Photograph: iStock

Dublin and Glendalough diocesan synod takes place in Greystones

Four men have this year begun training for the religious life at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Dundalk, while a further eight began their propaedeutic (pre-seminary) year at other locations in Ireland and abroad. Photograph: Getty Images

There are just two seminaries left to train diocesan priests for Ireland: the seminary at Maynooth and the Irish College in Rome

The  Church of the Annunciation, Finglas. The building is to be demolished to make way for a smaller church building. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘When first built it was almost too small – people came early to Mass to get a seat!’

Officials from Minister for Health Simon Harris’ department are to meet medical colleges to discuss clinical protocols to deliver an abortion service. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Nurses and midwives hope ‘current protections will apply in the future’

Doctors and pharmacists should not be obliged to refer patients to others, they say

 Pro Life Campaign spokesperson EilisMulroney (centre) during an awareness event focusing on the abortion legislation  outside Leinster House. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Campaigners urge politicians to look at law in great detail and to bring in modifications

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says Pope Francis told Irish bishops not to repeat past clericalism

Fr Peter McVerry said: “This situation represents a grave social injustice, with deeply damaging consequences for individuals, families, and society as a whole.” Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Goverment policy based on flawed ideology of relying on the private market

 Bishop Kevin Doran and Fr Sean Donohoe: wealthy have a moral obligation to pay taxes and not to exploit legal exemptions. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Local authorities must once more ‘take responsibility’ for building affordable homes

Patrick Kavanagh: “Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder.”
In a word: ‘Poem’

Little things can be irritating even in favourite poems

“Save water, shower with a friend” appears to have gone the way of all great slogans –  down the bottomless plughole.
In a Word... ....Granny

Irish Water would love Brendan Brehan’s granny, a great woman for saving water

She told me where to go. Or, rather, where I would find the house I was looking for. Illustration: iStock
In a Word ... Directions

I undermined my masculinity and asked directions. Worse, I asked a woman

Teresa Devlin of the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Pilot test of new review methodology takes place at Kilmore diocese and Glenstal Abbey

Fergus Finlay at the launch of the annual Barnardos report. He is  retiring as its chief executive  after 13 years.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Outgoing Barnardos chief says situation for children worse now than when he took job in 2005

Canon Shane McCaughey: newly appointed parish priest in Castleblayney

‘We are in a new place, smaller, more humble,’ says Clogher diocesan secretary

The number of  Masses in the Catholic diocese of Clogher  will fall to 96 from next month. Photograph: iStock

Clogher has just 58 active priests, 28 of whom are over 65, for its 85 churches

Pope Francis:  Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin (centre) says the people of Dublin responded with generosity and enthusiasm to his visit. Photograph: Vatican Media/via Reuters

Many commentators missing what the church is, claims Diarmuid Martin

Senator Joan Freeman says that if elected president her “personal conviction would have absolutely no impact” on her public duty. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Áras hopeful speaks of miracle cure and No in abortion referendum

Fianna Fáil has called on Minister of State for Mental Health to ‘get to the root of the problem’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

State should use private sector support to reduce waiting lists if necessary, says FF

“Attach the word ‘beard’ to a name and immediately great horrors are conjured up even in the dullest imagination.”
In a Word: Beard

Facial hair on chin and cheeks survives fashion changes but purpose remains elusive

Anne Hughes, Phyl McDonald and Gabrielle Lowe. Phyl (94) is the oldest member of the Dún Laoghaire Active Retirement Association. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Research shows people finding Ireland more age-friendly as they get older

Cross  on the top of Bray Head: 68  per cent of  American Christians pray daily, compared with 19 per cent in Ireland. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Americans twice as likely as western Europeans to believe in God of Bible

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy: “We must do more to encourage those who have been abused in any way but have not already come forward, to report their abuse.” Photograph:  Arthur Ellis

‘I make a humble plea to all who want to begin with us again in a new way’

 Pope Francis bids farewell to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin as he prepares to leave after his visit to Ireland. Photograph:  WMOF2018/Maxwell Photography via Getty Images

Martin says aim is to ‘set out a realistic agenda for renewal’ of Catholic Church

 Miriam Kasztura  from Switzerland and Alice Leahy from Dublin, both centre, with  Dr Joan McCarthy of UCC and Dr Dolores Dooley, formerly with UCC’s philosophy department.

‘An extraordinary nurse-led service that offers respite, shelter, recognition’ to homeless

“We are a winter people. Living in a winter land. It is why, after all, the Romans called this blessed isle Hibernia, hibernus being their word for wintry.”
In a Word: Autumn

After the long, hot summer, the slide to winter brings an array of glittering hues

Pope Francis:  Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano claimed the pope had covered up abuse cases involving a former Archbishop of Washington and now former cardinal Theodore McCarrick.  Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Pope should respond to accusations of a cover-up made by former Vatican diplomat

Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Leo O’Reilly’s view differs from that of Pope Francis on issue of accountability tribunal

Pope Francis, flanked by Vatican spokesperson Greg Burke, listens to a journalist’s question during a press conference aboard of the flight to Rome at the end of his two-day visit to Ireland. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo/Pool

Analysis: He should instruct that relevant abuse documents be handed to authorities

 Pope Francis during the Mass at the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Estimate puts attendance at Phoenix Park Mass at 130,000, far less than expected

Pope Francis lights a candle as he visits Knock Shrine during his apostolic trip to Ireland on Sunday. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/Pool photo via AP

‘None of us can fail to be moved by the stories of young people who suffered abuse’

In a word ... Pope

Pope Francis is 266th occupant of the post and the first Jesuit pope

Pope Francis has shifted the mood music in the Catholic Church away from a rigid hierarchical conformism to a more collegial atmosphere of debate and creative thinking. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

His reform attempts have stalled and the abuse issue threatens to engulf his papacy

Preparations are made at the Phoenix Park in Dublin ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Pontiff has no plans to announce measures to address clerical abuse during Ireland visit

Religious statues on sale in Knock, Co Mayo, where Pope Francis will visit later this month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister claims Vatican must use pontiff’s visit to accept pain caused

In 2011, Ian Elliott and his team began reviews of child safeguarding in all Ireland’s 26 Catholic dioceses and at all of its religious congregations. File photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Developments in child safeguarding over the past 10 years in Ireland have been effective

Being pope these days means forever having to say you’re sorry. Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

‘Atrocities perpetrated by consecrated persons’ a fair description of abuse

 Pope Francis, who is due to arrive in Ireland on Saturday for a two-day visit. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

‘Tired of meaningless apologies and expressions of solidarity’ that do not involve action

Pope Francis delivers a blessing during the Angelus noon prayer in St Peter’s Square, at the Vatican. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/ AP Photo

Strongly worded papal letter says ‘no effort will be spared to prevent abuse and its cover up’

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said he hoped Pope Francis would ‘speak frankly about our past but also about our future’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Diarmuid Martin says Pope Francis ‘needs a better team around him’

Cardinal Wuerl, who was bishop of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1988 to 2006, was heavilly criticised in the grand jury report report. Photograph: AFP

Cardinal Donald Wuerl was to give a keynote address on families at RDS on Wednesday

US professor Anne Trubek said handwriting had lost its position as our primary means of communication and that it was time to move on.

A lifetime of indecipherable hieroglyphics shows longhand is not for everyone

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who will give the keynote address at the World Meeting of Families on Wednesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Prelate, due in Dublin this week, is criticised in a damning US report

Cardinal Séan O’Malley: “Catholics have lost patience with us, and civil society has lost confidence in us.” Photograph: Getty Images

Archbishop of Boston says change only possible with significant involvement of lay men and women

Caoimhe de Barra said she was hugely honoured to be given the opportunity to lead Trócaire.

Caoimhe de Barra (48) takes up new role in October

Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square. Expert Ian Elliott says the pope’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure”. File photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/AP

More than 1,000 children in six dioceses molested by priests

Father Kris Stubna walks to the sanctuary following a mass to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St Paul Cathedral, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photograph:  Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Role of women seen as ‘first and most important’ of radical reforms needed

Pope Francis  in St Peter’s Square. Expert Ian Elliott says the pope’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure”.  File photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/AP

Worldwide ‘the problem is not managed effectively anywhere’

Ian Elliott, safeguarding consultant and first chief executive of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Ian Elliott, chief executive of church’s child protection body, said his work was resisted

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