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In 2016 Pope Francis established a commission to examine whether women could or should be ordained deacons. Stating that the outcome was inconclusive, he established another commission in 2020.  Handout photograph: Vatican Media/EPA

Pope Francis recently announced that he would remove the phrase “lay men” from Canon 230 and replace it with “lay persons”. This change to the church’(...)

Frank Duggan, who played “Cha”, at the funeral of actor Michael Twomey at St Michael’s Church, Blackrock, Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Veteran Cork actor Michael Twomey, who died on Wednesday aged 84, was a versatile actor and writer whose work in the Cha and Miah TV comedy sketches w(...)

The Stations of the Cross will take place in various spots in the south east – starting with a litany in Waterford Church of Ireland cathedral at 7.30am.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

It is a (railway) Stations of the Cross event like no other, involving Iarnród Éireann, the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, an(...)