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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin greets Pope Francis at his arrival at Dublin airport last August. Photograph: Maxwells

Major change at Catholic Church leadership level in Ireland is imminent as almost a third of the 26 dioceses on the island are scheduled to have new b(...)

‘The law and the teaching of the Church have always found a way, with compassion, to deal with the hard cases’

The issue facing voters on May 25th is whether they want to remove protection for the unborn child from the constitution, paving the way for unrestric(...)

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

Usually, talk in the Catholic Church about staff shortages centres on country parishes having to consider closing churches, cutting down on the number(...)

More than 60 per cent of the Catholic dioceses on the island of Ireland presented no financial information on their websites at all. Photograph: Getty

Almost two-thirds of the 26 Catholic dioceses in Ireland do not publish any financial details on their websites, a new survey has found. The reverse (...)

Bishop John Kirby: ‘more respectful’ system needed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Direct provision should be replaced with a “more respectful system’’ for migrants, the Catholic Bishop of Clonfert Dr John Kirby has said. “Pope Fran(...)

File image of Bishop John Kirby, Bishop Eamonn Casey and Fr Dermod McCarthy. File photograph: Collins Photos

The late Bishop Eamonn Casey believed “he had done the church a great disservice”, Bishop of Clonfert John Kirby recalled on Tuesday. “He used those(...)

Former bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey at a papal youth Mass in Galway when Pope John Paul II visited in 1979. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The remains of the former bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey will be received at Galway’s Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas at 7pm (...)

The remains of Cardinal Desmond Connell are received at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Irish ecumenical history was made on Thursday night when the remains of Cardinal Desmond Connell were received at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, by (...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said he would no longer send seminarians to Maynooth because of ‘strange goings-on’ at the college. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fourteen of the 26 Catholic diocesan bishops in Ireland have so far indicated they will continue to send seminarians to Maynooth, with some saying the(...)

Clear division has emerged between the Catholic archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and his fellow archbishops over the suitability of St Patrick’s College Maynooth for training priests. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Clear division has emerged between the Catholic archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and his fellow archbishops over the suitability of St Patrick’s C(...)

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