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Bishop Paul Colton said he was not surprised at the 2 per cent decline in the number of Church of Ireland members nationally. Photograph: Mark Kelleher

Census figures on the level of Church of Ireland worship in Cork highlight a real challenge for local clergy as less than half of those declaring them(...)

Pope John Paul II about to board an Aer Lingus plane following his visit to Ireland in 1979. File photograph: Dermot O’Shea

A few years ago, Eugene O’Brien and I started work on a book of essays entitled Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyn(...)

Bill Murphy, Tom Walsh and Edward Hanlon  at the proposed site for a first World War memorial in Midleton, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

“Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,” wrote poet Laurence Binyon about those who died in the first World War, and now those from Midleton(...)

John Magner, a native of Castletownroche in North Cork, entered the seminary at St Patrick’s College in Carlow in 1964.

A 70 year old widower will on Sunday fulfill a religious vocation dating back over 50 years when he becomes the newest priest to be ordained in the Di(...)

Sam Maguire was from Co Cork. A member of the Church of Ireland, he was born in the townland of Mallabraca near Dunmanway, West Cork, in March 1877. (...)

 Nyibol Lual (13) works on the land in in Panthau, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. Parts of South Sudan are already in famine and there are fears regions of Somalia will fall into famine over the coming weeks. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty

The scale of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in east Africa is unprecedented and demands an urgent response from governments and the public alike. (...)

Pope Francis and President Michael D Higgins at ease meeting in the Vatican. Photograph: Maxwells

An advantage of being “spiritual” rather than religious, as President Michael D Higgins described himself during his election campaign in 2011, is tha(...)

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl is understood to want a stricter enforcement of the rules. Picture Nick Bradshaw

A prayer should continue to be said at the beginning of business in the Dáil and Seanad, the Oireachtas Committee on Procedures and Privileges has de(...)

Shrine in Tuam, Co Galway. “The desire to be instruments of what is right is not the monopoly of one religion or, indeed, of religion at all,” said Bishop Paul Colton. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Irish society and churches need to confront the reality of what happened in mother and baby homes and ensure similar scandals are not allowed to happe(...)

Archbishop Charles Brown: “We’ve a lot of priests in Ireland who are in their 70s, who are working right now. Some are in their 80s. In 10 years they’re not going to be working”

Papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown has expressed alarm at the lack of vocations in Ireland, and at the age profile of existing priests. “We’ve a (...)

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