Pope Francis is due to attend the World Meeting of Families, which is to take place in Dublin between August 21st and 26th. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Partial indulgence for people unable to attend who follow event via broadcast media

‘Loneliness is a problem which faces too many of our people, and in particular older people,’ said Minister of State Sean Kyne. Photograph: Alan Betson

2016 Census showed almost 400,000 people in Ireland live alone

Pro Life Campaign: ‘A lot of Mass goers intend to vote Yes’

Call comes after Pro Life Campaign letter to Bishop of Waterford and Lismore said ‘a lot of Massgoers intend to vote Yes’

Dr Ali Selim: “The Eighth Amendment protects pregnant women against taking a hasty decision.”

Dr Ali Selim says repeal will contribute towards an older population structure

David Begg insisted however that he was ‘not an absolutist in this matter’. File photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

David Begg said he ‘cannot in conscience vote to repeal’

Mary McAleese: the former president said the Chilean bishops’ resignation seemed to her “a huge acceptance of responsibility”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Resignation of Chilean bishops ‘a very, very important development’, says Mary McAleese

Archbishop Eamon Martin said repeal of the  Eighth Amendment would ‘pave the way for a very liberal abortion regime in Ireland’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Rival doctors’ groups set out arguments on repeal as polling day approaches

The late Bishop Christopher Jones was a former president, of Accord, the Catholic marriage care service. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘He was one of nature’s gentlemen, most faithful friend, a lovely gentle pastor’

The killjoys know no limits – they appear to have proven that every little pleasure this side of the grave is life-theatening

Marie Collins with Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley (right) at the Vatican in 2014. File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Irish abuse survivor says clerics should face disciplinary process over alleged cover-up

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has urged parishes to hold “a special moment of prayer for life” over the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Repeal would ‘bring about a radical change to our broad pro-life culture’

Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony  at Together for Yes HQ, Upper Mount Street, Dublin. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/Collins

‘We are real people not just hard cases to be dismissed or debated in an abstract way’

 Bishop of Limerick  and Killaloe Kenneth Kearon. Photograph: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick

Opinion: Were they around today, theologians of the past could be excommunicated

Claire Byrne: hosted debate

Great heat, little light on Claire Byrne Live

From left, Sr Aurea Dias, Sr Sharon Fagan, Sr Julie Watson, Sr Neneth Robledo and Sr Anne McDermott.

Birth of founder Nano Nagle marked by lantern walk through streets of Cork

Pope Francis blesses a child at the end of his pastoral visit in Loppiano, central Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Catholic primate Eamon Martin lauds papal bulletin for World Communications Day

‘Remember ’98’ should be the battle cry of Connacht people in Bilbao today

‘Divestment from all fossil fuels is the right thing to do’

Archbishop Richard Clarke said that “as the Archbishops of today we are entitled to come to a judgment”. Photograph:   LiamMcArdle.com

Proposed unrestricted abortion for 12 weeks ‘ethically unsustainable’

 Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell said  “once abortion was introduced it has proved extremely difficult to restrict”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Real issue not about difficult pregnancies but the unborn defenceless child

In August 2016 the Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin said he would no longer send trainee priests from the diocese to St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, because of a worrying ‘atmosphere’ at the national seminary. Photograph: Getty Images

Future of the seminarians unclear after they are sent home from Irish College in Rome

‘We recognise in this broken and sinful world that hard and difficult circumstances arise.’ File Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

‘God’s word and science agree that life begins at conception’

There have been so many announcements in recent years of the death of the inventor of predictive text

Marie Donnelly at a press event held by nurses and midwives to publicly call for a No vote in the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Nurses say proposed abortion legislation could mean nurses giving up jobs on conscience grounds

Archbishop Eamon Martin: “In light of much public discussion about LGBT and gender issues, it is important that we, in Catholic schools, also evaluate the support offered to students who are facing new and deep questions relating to their sexual identity as they mature.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Eamon Martin says no place for bullying or homophobia in Catholic schools

Prof  Patricia Casey: “I don’t think anybody I know would want to see a woman die because of a complex pregnancy.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Patricia Casey says Bill the Government intends to introduce should amendment be repealed ‘very vague’

Closer proximity to pigs and cattle  lowers the risk of allergic sensitivity, according to  research published in the UK medical journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Living close to a livestock farm likely to reduce allergies, research finds

Fr Gerard Desmond (72) has been working in Peru for 11 years.

Fr Gerard Desmond hit with revolver butt and shot in legs during robbery in Lima

The Presbyterian Church is in favour of retaining the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Frank Miller / THE IRISH TIMES

Proposed law ‘regressive, incompatible with human dignity and morally unacceptable’

Roger Kask (6) from Booterstown with a snake at Pets in the City supported by the DSPCA and King of Paws in Smithfield Square, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

‘Idea is to encourage people to bring their dogs out and encourage good pet ownership’

An American priest asked me whether the word had anything to do with fish?

Artist Brian O'Doherty. Photograph:  George Tatge

‘Last thing I expected, God knows. Then the unexpected has been a great part of my life’

Archbishop Michael Jackson with the heart of St Laurence O’Toole, patron saint of Dublin, which was returned to Christchurch cathedral this evening after being stolen in 2012. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Relic stolen in 2012 and found wrapped in plastic at the Phoenix Park two weeks ago

Juan Carlos Cruz, who is the key whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse scandal,  in Rome on Tuesday for his audience with Pope Francis. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Dubliner Marie Collins played major role in pope’s admission of error in disbelieving victims

Ambassador O’Donoghue travelled to Jeju Island to present the Presidential Distinguished Service Award to Fr PJ McGlinchey in February 2015.

Columban priest Fr P J McGlinchey had been working in Jeju island for almost 65 years

Former archbishop of Dublin John Neill: “the issue of a modified constitutional provision . . . is neither the issue before the people of Ireland, nor is it in line with the position that the Church of Ireland has consistently taken”. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Retired Church of Ireland archbishop of Dublin John Neill notes absence of agreed position

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “The church must be pro-life when it comes to the unborn and those who are vulnerable at the end of their lives. However, the church must be pro-life at so many other moments in the lives of people.”

Church needs to be beacon of support at any ‘vulnerable moment along the path of life’

Sebastian Barry and Paul Lynch will take part at the Cúirt festival in Galway. Photograph: The Irish Times

Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry and author Paul Lynch among participants

A display of plastic at Nolan’s supermarket in Clontarf. Photograph: Alan Betson

Move by some outlets follows ‘shop and drop’ over weekend, says campaign co-ordinator

Apart from the entertainment value of an annual TV advertisements awards, it might also help to push up the standard of advertisin(...)

Chuck Feeney. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

People like Chuck Feeney ‘come along once in a lifetime, once in a generation’

A senior counsel has been appointed to review disputed cases in the Magdalene redress scheme

Ombudsman had found some women who worked in laundries were treated unfairly by Department of Justice

 The judges described Paul Lynch’s   Grace as “a work of great lyricism”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

‘Its beautiful prose is put to devastating effect in his vivid story of the Irish potato famine’

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan will tell fellow ministers on Tuesday his officials plan to implement the recommendations of a highly critical report by the Ombudsman on the issue last November. Photgraph: Cyril Byrne

Cabinet to discuss proposals to allow more former laundry workers to apply for redress

Redemptorist Fr Tony Flannery. ‘The various levels of authority above me in the church’ would ‘happily leave me where I am. If I die suddenly, they will say ‘nice meaningless words’ over my coffin.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

‘Ridiculous’ that six remain under sanctions given how pope has changed church’s culture

Don Hannon pcitured running The Ireland Way.

Don Hannon, who donated part of liver to his sister, is first to complete The Ireland Way

The mother of Elisha Gault  (14) has criticised local child and adolescent mental health services.

‘We were left to our own devices and no matter how much we tried to support her, we are now experiencing the greatest dread of all(...)

The ordination last month of Dermot Farrell as Bishop of Ossory. Nine episcopal vacancies will by next year need to be filled. Photograph: John McElroy

As numbers decline, the church may have to consider amalgamations

The remains of Frank Murray are carried from the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock, after his funeral Mass. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Public servant was completely committed to locating remains of Disappeared, Mass told

Front, from left, IBU president Rev Myozan Kodo Kilroy of Zen Buddhism Ireland, IBU secretary Kieron Lawlor. Back, from left, IBU treasurer Alison Lopez, of Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin, IBU trustee Maitrikaya of the Dublin Buddhist Centre, and IBU trustee Robert Hensey of the Jampa Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre.

Buddhism among fastest growing faiths in Ireland

 Crowds attending  the Dublin Pride parade at  Smithfield Square last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Organiser says choice ‘no coincidence’ in year World Meeting of Families takes place in city

 Church clergies and laity in Donegal are urging fellow Christians to work for the  retention of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Past failings do not give ‘the right to determine who should be born and who not’

Director of the Iona Institute, David Quinn, said he hoped as well as being taught what proper sexual consent is,  children would also learn to get to know and like each other properly first. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Should be age appropriate, keeping in mind parents as primary educators

It was reported over the weekend that a company connected with Denis O’Brien, above, who owns just under 30 per cent of INM, paid the bill for an external IT group given access to INM’s computer networks. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

ODCE is examining conduct of INM board in relation to handling of a protected disclosure

Archbishop Martin remembered meeting Pope Francis “the day that the story of the Tuam babies came out. He said to me ‘how are things in Ireland?’ ”

Pontiff ‘a complex figure . . . he knows when people are not being true to him,’ says prelate

Bishop Michael Burrows said: “I will be voting for Repeal because I believe, as I did in 1983, that the text of the Eighth is incorrigibly flawed.” Photograph: Dara McDónaill

Amendment ‘incorrigibly flawed’, Bishop of Cashel Michael Burrows says

Seamus Mallon said the agreement changed the relationship between the Irish Government and the British government.

Former deputy leader of SDLP says deal has been damaged in some eyes, but it still has promise

The 16th annual Way of the Cross through the Phoenix Park on Good Friday Led by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Those facing discrimination due to racial, sexual, cultural difference also remembered

Bishop Philip Boyce, who has been appointed as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Dromore until the new bishop is appointed. File image: David Sleator

Bishop Philip Boyce expressed regret his focus on victims’ needs was not greater in the past

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin performs the Washing of the Feet ceremony  on Thursday, including members of the Palestrina Boys Choir. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Diarmuid Martin includes parents who are gay and lesbian, single, separated, non-married

The average Irish marriage rate for 2017, at 4.6 per 1,000, dropped slightly from 4.8 in 2016, placing Ireland  13th among the EU’s 28 countries

August the most popular month for opposite-sex marriages in 2017

 Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, last year. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Catholic bishop asks if Down syndrome deprives unborn child of right to birth and life

43% of young Irish Catholics pray weekly, with  16 per cent never praying, says report. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland among top four of 22 countries surveyed for regular attendance of religious services

President Higgins, flanked by his wife Sabina, warmly embraces Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo. Photograph: Tom Honan

Missionaries praised for standing in solidarity with people across developing world

The resignation of Dr John McAreavey (above) has been accepted by the pope. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Pope accepts resignation of Bishop of Dromore John McAreavey

Pope Francis: seen by many as separate from the institution he leads, and which he himself struggles to reform. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Vatican photograph from 2007 captures church past and questions its future

So much of our youth was wasted on slight philosophies offering shallow answers to overwhelming questions

June Dillon, Dr Andrew O’Regan, Dr Siobhán Crowley, Dr Kirsten Fuller, Dr Brendan Crowley,  Dr Marie O’Donovan and Dr John Monaghan of the Medical Alliance for the Eighth.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Medical anti-abortion group says proposed regime ‘has nothing to do with healthcare’

Msgr Joseph Murphy: Head of  protocol office at Vatican’s Secretariat of State

‘A great personal honour’ for Msgr Joseph Murphy – Bishop of Cloyne William Crean

Pope Francis with Cardinal Kevin Farrell, second from left, Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, right, and a group of families from Ireland, at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP Photo

Pontiff (81) has kept his European visits short and many of his trips were just for one day

Cardinal Keith O’Brien: recused himself from the 2013 Vatican conclave that elected Pope Francis.

High-profile prelate opted to resign following damaging allegations concerning seminarians

Pope Francis in Rome,  March 19th. Photograph: EPA/Fabio Frustaci

Conservative elements ready to obstruct compassionate approach of Pope Francis

Father Malachy Finnegan: when he was at Stroud treatment centre for sex offenders he  was parish priest at Clonduff/Hilltown near Newry and president of the local GAA club, where he looked after the juvenile football teams

During therapy sessions for sex offenders, Finnegan insisted: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’

She then asked my name and, shocked, said ‘I can’t call you that. It’s a girl’s name’

Musicians Neil Martin and Christy Moore were among those to carry the coffin of uilleann piper Liam O’Flynn at his funeral in Kill, Co Kildare.  . Photograph: Alan Betson

Uileann piper ‘bristled’ at being called a purist, funeral told

Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Denis Nulty is  to visit the parish in Co Laois where  Fr Malachy Finnegan was a curate  in the early 1950s.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Allegations of sexual and physical abuse made later against Fr Malachy Finnegan

Former President Mary McAleese addressing the Voices of Faith conference in Rome. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

Misogyny very strong in the Church despite the PR words involved, says Fr Kevin Hegarty

Fr Malachy Finnegan: the late president of St Colman’s College, Newry. Photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

‘I’m still shaking today when I think of that monster’

A choose life section has been added to the www.catholicbishops.ie website

Atheists claim Catholic website and newsletter overtly campaign for specific outcome

Clement Leneghan, who has joined his sister former president Mary McAleese in calling for  an independent inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse at St Colman’s College Newry Co Down.

Adults in St Colman’s College and diocese knew about claims, Clement Leneghan says

What can you say to a mother whose only child has been killed in an accident at 20?

Cpl Patrick Gallagher from Derrintogher, Co Mayo, of the US Marines was shot dead while on patrol in Da Nang on March 30th, 1967.

Patrick ‘Bob’ Gallagher was awarded Navy Cross for saving lives of three comrades

Former president Mary McAleese addressing the ‘Voices of Faith’ conference in Rome last week. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

Ex-president said her sibling only recently revealed he was abused by Fr Malachy Finnegan

Dr John McAreavey will remains Bishop of Dromore until Pope Francis accepts his resignation. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Resignation yet to be accepted by Pope and has no validity until then

The Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh, Dublin. Auditors have repeatedly pointed out that the making of cash loans to staff which are not recorded by the centre’s payroll section raised taxation issues. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Concern expressed over record-keeping and period cash is being held at Dublin centre

The Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland in Clonskeagh Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Official Ireland turns to ICCI to acknowledge the State’s growing Muslim community

President Micheal D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the exhibition in the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh yesterday at the opening of exhibitions for Neighbourhood Week with  Dr Nooh Al-Kaddo, right. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dr al-Kaddo confirmed Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s foundation has headquarters at centre

Pope Francis: there have been no significant changes in church teaching or discipline since he was elected – and it is now hard to see any taking place under him. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

He has appalled the Catholic right, disappointed liberals and delivered little real change

‘That’s where Caesar was assassinated 2,062 years ago next March 15th. On the Ides of March’

Former president Mary McAleese addressing the ‘Voices of Faith’ conference in Rome on Thursday. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

Archbishop of Dublin says comments by former president reflect his own views

Former president Mary McAleese addressing the Voices of Faith conference in Rome. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

Ireland ‘seeing the final dismantling of patriarchal, misogynistic empire’

The Catholic Church ‘has long since been a primary global carrier of the virus of misogyny,’ former president Mary McAleese has said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Ex-president says if church speaks to women as equals ‘we will not be a mystery’ any longer

Former Irish president Mary McAleese: “In terms of the pastoral needs in Ireland, [the pope]  needs to go to Newry.” Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Ex-president says ban on women priests ‘codology dressed up as theology’

Bishop David O’Connell speaking in the original version of a video promoting the World Meeting of Families 2018.

Words of welcome for gay people from Cork-born bishop removed from promo clip

An expectant mother “needs and deserves the care and support of everyone around her”, the bishops said.

Spring meeting statement says removing unborn’s right to life would be ‘shocking step’

David O’Connell speaking in the original version of a video promoting the World Meeting of Families 2018.

Bishop’s words of support pulled from promotion for World Meeting of Families 2018

Bishop John McAreavey: “Hold in your prayers those who have been abused.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Dr John McAreavey defended by nephew amid claims of ‘vindictive’ media campaign

When she returned to Dublin she wrote a ‘Syrian love letter to Ballaghaderreen’

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