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Four men have this year begun training for the religious life at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Dundalk, while a further eight began their propaedeutic (pre-seminary) year at other locations in Ireland and abroad. Photograph: Getty Images

Just five men have begun training for the Catholic priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, this autumn, believed to be the lowest number since i(...)

Teresa Devlin of the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ten historic child abuse allegations against six priests since 2010 have been found in a second review of child protection in the Catholic diocese of (...)

Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

An Irish Catholic bishop has said he hopes Pope Francis introduces structures of accountability at the Vatican which “ensure that child safeguarding w(...)

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast is to close after 185 years.

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast, which trained priests mainly for the Down and Connor diocese, is to close after 185 years. From September next its(...)

Rev Trevor Johnston, a member of the committee that set up the highly conservative Global Anglican Future Conference Ireland group. Photograph: ASCBelfast.com

The Republic of Ireland is the least Christian part of the English-speaking world and a place where “God is now seen as redundant and unnecessary”, a (...)

 Samson ‘Sam’ Mann (56) will be ordained a Spiritan priest – the first ordination for the Irish province of the Spiritans in 17 years, on Sunday, July 1st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

In Westport, Co Mayo last Monday the Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary ordained Fr John Regan, a member of the Pallottine congregation. “John assumes t(...)

Church of Ireland  Bishop Harold Miller. Photograph:  Diocese of Down and Dromore

A Church of Ireland bishop who attended the meeting in Jerusalem last week of the conservative Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) has describe(...)

Two Church of Ireland bishops’ attendance at Gafcon has been described as  “an absolute disgrace”. Photograph: iStock

Attendance by two Church of Ireland bishops at the conservative Global Anglican Future Conference (Gafcon) meeting in Jerusalem last week has provoked(...)

File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Catholic Church is in a “new reality” in Ireland where it is no longer the dominant voice in society, a senior bishop has admitted. Bishop of Ki(...)

Kit de Waal: ‘Wexford would have been what my mother thought of as the big town, where everything happened’

When I arrive at Kit de Waal’s she’s in her writing cabin in the back garden of her house in Leamington. De Waal gets a kick out of using the no-frill(...)

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