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 with no consequences

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

Cardinal Sean O’Malley (from Boston)  outside St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin in 2010. File Photograph: PA

Second US Cardinal due in Dublin criticised in report for concealment of clergy abuse

Norah Casey  wondered why women who might want a symposium on such themes had not organised one themselves.

Norah Casey defends choice of speakers at World Meeting of Families’ ‘fringe event’

Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe Kenneth Kearon: ‘Families are at the heart of church and community in Ireland.’

An ‘opportunity to strengthen the warm ecumenical bonds that already exist’

The Allianz building at Elm Park, Booterstown, Co  Dublin. Last month Allianz lit up Munich’s Allianz Arena in rainbow colours to celebrate Pride and has marked Pride events in the UK, Australia and elsewhere internationally. Photograph: Eric Luke

Questions raised about similarities between RDS women’s symposium and Rome event

 Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Diarmuid Martin: ‘Not informed of any such interventions at that time by either side’

Pope John Paul II waves to cheering crowds from his Popemobile. Running behind schedule, his planned  stop on Séan McDermott Street never happened. Photograph:  Anwar Hussein/ Getty Images

Former pontiff sped through area ‘faster than a joyrider’

Dublin Archdiocese statement said  standing aside “does not imply the truth or falsehood”

Concerns brought to the diocese and reported to the gardaí, statement says

Pope John Paul II kisses thr ground on arrival in Dublin, 1979. Photograph: Mazpix

What sort of country will Pope Francis encounter? One where Mass attendance – though falling – is still among the highest in Europ(...)

In centuries ahead people will reflect on this current marathon masochism with fascination and bewilderment

Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan  said  the Sunday World report had actually been ‘wholly factually correct’. File photograph: Diocese of Limerick

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan said a Sunday World report he dismissed as ‘wholly incorrect’ was in fact ‘wholly factually correct’

 Cardinal Kevin Farrell, from Drimnagh in Dublin, speaking in 2017 at the  Dublin  conference – hosted by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin –  in preparation for this month’s World Meeting of Families. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Survivors claim each has questions to answer about known clerical child abusers

The ‘Voices of Impact: Women Leaders Shaping Global Change’, at the RDS on Saturday August 25th. as part of the World Meeting of families, will be chaired by broadcaster and entrepreneur Norah Casey. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Archbishop says event will ‘spotlight the role of women within the family alongside their role as change agents’

The Secret Village is in a ‘beautiful outdoor natural amphitheatre hidden in the woods’.

The ‘little pocket of mysticism’ features Well Dressed Hobos, Bunoscoinn and more

Former minister for foreign affairs Dermot Ahern. He  told Cardinal  Sodano “on no account could I give such an undertaking and that it was a matter that would have to be decided by the government anyhow”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dermot Ahern says Cardinal Sodano ‘was quite blunt’

November 2004: Pope John Paul II meets former minister for foreign affairs Dermot Ahern, in his private library at the Vatican.  Photograph: Giampiero Sposito/AP Photo

It had been estimated in 2004 abuse crisis compensation would cost Irish dioceses €50m

 Coombe hospital: the bishops have no say in any maternity hospital in the State. None are run by the church. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Controversy about ethical codes overstates church influence in healthcare

Then president Mary McAleese meets with Pope Benedict  in the Vatican in 2005. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Church has pattern of withholding relevant documents from Irish State abuse inquiries

Former president Mary McAleese. The event in question occurred during a State visit to Italy when she met then Vatican secretary of state Angelo Sodano. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Mary McAleese called event ‘one of the most devastating moments in my presidency’

Those who had suffered “really do need to be included in some way”, Mary McAleese said. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Organisers of visit ‘found time to go to Knock’ and should find time too to meet survivors

It used to be an invitation to establish, without delay, what was being hidden

Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese speaks in DCU at the book launch of the book The Pope Francis Agenda by Donal Dorr. Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times.

Former president urges pope to make Ireland point at which ‘hope and history rhyme’

Pope Francis asked the Church’s teachings on the death penalty to be reformed last October.   Photograph: AP/Andrew Medichini

Pope Francis asks death penalty be made ‘inadmissible’ in Church Catechism

Colm O’Gorman was founder of the One in Four group, which assists abuse survivors.  File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Abuse survivors to gather at Garden of Remembrance during Pope’s visit

Marie Collins was abused by Fr Paul McGennis, then a chaplain at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin, where she had been a patient as a child in 1960. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Pope ‘needs to commit to doing something to stop this cancer,’ says Marie Collins

Noel Burke, father of Mark Burke. “It was not unusual for Mark to go missing for weeks on end, says Noel, “but we’d always know where to find him”. Photograph: Tom Honan

Remains were dismembered by chisel, with face, hands, teeth and organs still missing

Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh pictured in 2009. He died on Sunday aged 84. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh became the first Franciscan to serve as a bishop in Ireland for over 170 years

It is understood the child was in the swimming pool at a villa on Marbella’s Golden Mile last Saturday morning when the fatality occurred. Photograph: Google Street  View

Child in swimming pool at villa on Marbella’s Golden Mile when the fatality occurred

The encyclical provoked a ferocious reaction among millions of practising Catholics.

Fifty years ago encyclical laid down terms of church’s ban on artifical contraception

The MacGill ‘manel’ controversy: I feel in this instance some women went too far

Éamonn Meehan, Trócaire executive director: “Last year was a year of incredible generosity from the Irish public”. Photograph: iStock

Funds enabled agency to help almost three million people in developing world

Pope Francis mugs among some of the range of  memorabilia and souvenirs on sale at the Veritas store on Dublin’s Abbey Street. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tens of thousands expected at Phoenix Park next month to hear Pontiff say Mass

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin announce the publication of Pope Francis’s itinerary for the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We Are Church Ireland supports LGBTQI rights, but received no response to application

“My favourite has to be Kill Kenny. A guy here told me it’s named after that boy in South Park.”

Patsy McGarry: ‘I just love placenames here. Kill Dare, Killbeggin, Kill Kenny’

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast is to close after 185 years.

Maynooth and Irish College in Rome are the remaining seminaries for diocesan priests

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin makes announcements regarding the Festival of Families. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

Prelate accepts responsibility for removal of same-sex pictures in booklets for gathering

Pope France will sit among the people on a platform “about 2ft high”. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis opts to sit among the faithful and not on stage with dignitaries at Croke Park

Rev Trevor Johnston, a member of the committee that set up the highly conservative Global Anglican Future Conference Ireland group. Photograph:

Northern Irish cleric Rev Trevor Johnston says ‘God seen as redundant’ in Republic

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said concerning clerical child sex-abuse scandals that young people’s “disgust at what happened is deep-rooted”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘Catholics must learn new ways in which they can win young hearts,’ says Diarmuid Martin

A total of 353,874 tickets were sold   for Pope Francis’ Mass in the Phoenix Park on the first day they went on sale. Photograph:  Andrew Medichini/AP

Over 353,000 tickets for pope’s Phoenix Park Mass booked on first day, says bishop

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