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A spokeswoman for Elphin diocese saidt he sacrament of Confirmation takes place from mid-August to early October and all parishes are free to postpone previously scheduled dates. Photograph: iStock

A limited number of Confirmations will take place in Meath’s Catholic diocese this month, though the majority of ceremonies will be in September and O(...)

First Holy Communion celebrants at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 2019. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More Catholic bishops have given the go-ahead for First Holy Communions and Confirmations to take place later this month. However, Bishop Denis Nulty(...)

A spokesman for the Catholic bishops, said last week there was no centralised policy or approach to Communions and Confirmations. File photograph: Getty

The decision by some Catholic bishops to defy public health advice by allowing First Holy Communions and Confirmations to take place in their dioceses(...)

A Botswana member of cabinet holds a gem diamond in Gaborone, Botswana, on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

A 1,098 carat diamond believed to be the third largest gem-quality stone ever to be mined, has been discovered in Botswana, according to a joint ventu(...)

Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson of Dublin is among the signatories calling ‘for justice, to investigate these crimes, hold those responsible to account’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More than 50 Irish faith leaders have signed a statement condemning the persecution of the Uighurs and other Muslims in China. Included among the sig(...)

The car park at St Brendan’s church in  Coolock, Dublin, stands empty last March as Fr Paddy Stanley celebrates Sunday Mass broadcast live via webcam. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There have been further calls for churches to be allowed open for public worship as Level 5 restrictions advise otherwise across Ireland. These state (...)

All Catholics suffering from or caring for those with coronavirus are to be granted a plenary indulgence by the Vatican. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli / AFP via Getty Images

All Catholics suffering from or caring for those with coronavirus are to be granted a plenary indulgence by the Vatican. It has issued a decree granti(...)

Sinn Féin’s  David Cullinane is held aloft at the Waterford  count centre  after topping the poll. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has apologised for saying “up the Ra” at a victory speech in Waterford on Sunday. His statement of support for the IRA (...)

A Catholic bishop has warned against a new culture in Ireland ‘which is trying to undo the truths of the entire Judeo-Christian system from the ground up’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

A Catholic bishop has warned that a new culture in Ireland “is trying to undo the truths of the entire Judeo-Christian system from the ground up”. Bi(...)

Jason Evert was due to speak at the ‘Incite 2020’ student retreat event. File photograph: Alan Betson

Four talks by controversial US Catholic preacher Jason Evert this week have been cancelled after concerns were raised about his views on homosexuality(...)

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