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The Presbyterian Church accepts abortion is justified where there is a threat to the mother’s life.  File photograph: Derek Bromhall/Getty Images

Abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, rape, incest or in instances of anencephaly (where the foetus has no brain) cannot be morally justified(...)

Auxillary Bishop of Dublin Eamonn Walsh: “Integrity is something with steely courage and love that we all associate with Dermot O’Mahony. And goodness cannot be destroyed.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin Dermot O’Mahony had been scapegoated after the 2009 Murphy commission report into clerical child abuse in the Dublin archd(...)

Thousands of people lined the street of Blackrock village in Co Louth for the State funeral of Garda Tony Golden. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Garda Tony Golden may have died a “heroic death” but that would not stop his “Garda family” remembering the life of a special colleague and loving fa(...)

Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan at the State funeral of Garda Tony Golden, at St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, Co Louth. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Garda Tony Golden may have died a “heroic death”, but that would not stop his “Garda family” remembering the life of a special colleague and loving fa(...)

A man signs the book of condolences on Tuesday for Garda Tony Golden, who was shot dead in Omeath last Sunday evening. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The family of Siobhán Phillips, who was being assisted by Tony Golden at the time of the incident in which he was killed, has praised the garda for “(...)

Bishops and cardinals attend a Mass to celebrate the opening of the Synod of Bishops in Rome in 2012. Why is a synod on the family being organised by a group of celibate males? Photograph: Reuters

Preparations for the 2014 Extraordinary Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome on the theme of the family from October 5th to 19th, 2014, include a 39-it(...)

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