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The Apparition at Knock in 1879 mosaic, by Irish artist PJ Lynch, depicts the apparition scene as described by the 15 official witnesses at Knock. Photograph: Michael Mc Laughlin

The most popular religious event of the year, which can attract more than 100,000 people, began at Knock shrine in Co Mayo at midday yesterday and co(...)

If you set out on a walk full of good cheer and it becomes a real slog, do you do as my sister once did and ask: “Why am I doing this? My heart is po(...)

Some 300,000 people are expected to attend four Redemptorist novenas; at Mount St Alphonsus church in Limerick, at Esker monastery in Athenry, Co Galway, at St Michael’s church in Ballinasloe, and at the Clonard monastery in Belfast. Stock photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

A remarkable feature of religious practice in Catholic Ireland today is that, while weekly Mass attendance is dropping, pilgrimages to Knock, Lough De(...)

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