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

Mistakes were made where same sex-people were concerned in preparation for the World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said. As th(...)

Pope Francis:  Lay involvement needs to be emphasised regarding all activities within church life. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

Like many people, I gave much thought as to how I would vote in the recent referendum on the Eighth Amendment and found myself swinging from one side (...)

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

Bookings for World Meeting of Families events in Dublin next month “before it ever starts, has already exceeded all records,” Bishop of Kildare and Le(...)

Phillip McMahon and Rachel O’Riordan’s  new play, ‘Come on Home’, runs in the Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage  from July 13th to August 4th. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Almost 20 years ago, the writer and director Phillip McMahon took a year out to travel, to discover and to party. For a young gay man of 20, it was a (...)

 Fr Tony Flannery who chaired the Association of Catholic Priests’  public regional meeting in Tuam, Co Galway, ahead of the Papal visit. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Pope Francis has been urged to avoid being “treated like a celebrity”, and to apologise to all those mistreated in the Magdalene laundries, mother an(...)

 Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect (head) of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, said “priests are not the best people to train others for marriage”. Photograph: Getty Images

A senior priest in Dublin has described as “preposterous, juvenile and destructive,” a statement by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the most senior Irishman i(...)

Pope Francis and Cardinal Kevin Farrell. Photograph: Diocese of Dallas

Priests have no credibility when it comes to training people for marriage, according to the most senior Irish cleric in the Vatican. Cardinal Kevin F(...)

Today, what matters is the essential feel of a place, its culture, the experience, the mix of people, the nightlife and the lifestyle.

Yesterday, the innovative US urban economist Richard Florida gave a talk in Cork about the future of cities. Florida has been at the vanguard of new(...)

Protesters in Texas against policy of separating families seeking asylum. Photograph:  Joe Raedle/Getty

Things had been going so well. In recent weeks US president Donald Trump had been enjoying something of a mid-year bounce. His gamble to meet North Ko(...)

The Vatican: The Catholic Church considers that abortion is the worst sin a human can commit, and that terrorism and child sexual abuse are less serious sins.

In 2009, a nine-year-old Brazilian child had to have an emergency abortion when her mother brought her to hospital with stomach pains. The doctors dis(...)

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