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Pope Francis called for an attitude of ‘wound healing’. Photograph: Luca Zennaro

  Pope Francis has indicated he wants a “new balance” within the Catholic church, calling for greater involvement of women in the insti(...)

 Pope Francis: “Women are asking deep questions about what must be addressed. The church cannot be herself without the woman and her role

  The idea that the Catholic Church’s teachings represent “a monolith to defend without nuance or different understandings is wrong”. (...)

Ted Kennedy Jnr looking at the new bust of his father Edward at the Kennedy Homestead Dunganstown, New Ross, Co Wexford today. Photograph: Mary Browne

A little-known account of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy’s intervention in the Cuban missile crisis was recalled by her grandson Ted Kennedy Jnr, in Co Wexfo(...)

’The closer you get to the Vatican system, with all its power struggles and careerism, the more disillusioned you can become.’ Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

People regularly ask me how I am? The answer to that is complex, andI do not usually burden or bore my questioner by going into details about it. It i(...)

Seán Hogan joined The Irish Times in the early 1970s and had “a productive life and a full life”, Fr Jack Meade said in his homily.

CONOR KANE The former letters editor of The Irish Times, Seán Hogan, was buried yesterday in his native Cashel. His brother, Frank Hogan, told mourner(...)

Mickey, Cormac and Cathal Mac Connell at the funeral of their brother, Seán Mac Connell, at the Church of the Divine Word, Rathfarnham. Photograph: Frank Miller

The funeral took place in Dublin yesterday of former Agricultural Correspondent of The Irish Times Seán Mac ConnellHis death earlier in the week at th(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady  said that violence in Syria  “offers no hope for the future”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Jesuit superior general Fr Adolfo Nicolás has strongly condemned possible military intervention in Syria by the US or France. Interviewed on the Jesui(...)

President Barack Obama. In the face of a public weary of a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and sceptical members of Congress who are unsure of the unintended consequences of US military strikes against Syrian government forces, the Obama team is facing an uphill struggle to make its case.

US president Barack Obama is pressing foreign leaders at the G20 summit of world leaders to support military action against Syria over alleged chemica(...)

The monument will be dedicated to firefighters Brian Murray (right) and Mark O’Shaughnessy who died in the line of duty.

A monument dedicated to the memory of two fire fighters who died in the line of duty in in 2007 is to be unveiled at a ceremony in Bray at the end of (...)

Seamus Heaney’s remains are carried by his sons Michael (left) and Christopher (centre) and their uncle Barry Devlin  at the Church of the Sacred Heart Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Poet Seamus Heaney’s last words were in a text message to his wife Marie last Friday, minutes before he passed away, his son Michael said yesterday. “(...)

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