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 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘What went wrong to give rise to a situation in which children within the church of Jesus Christ were not cared for with scrupulous dignity, whether in life or in death?’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he is profoundly distressed at the findings of fifth interim report of the Mother and Baby (...)

US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi makes a speech at Iveagh House, Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

US politicians are not taking sides in protecting the Northern Ireland peace agreement against Brexit but “just holding to our values,” said House of (...)

A pile of rubble inside Notre Dame Cathedral today after the devastating fire overnight. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron has given an address on television on the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, claiming the edifice will be reno(...)

Abbot Celestine Cullen OSB of Glenstal Abbey. made an outstanding contribution to the Benedictine order.

The death has occurred of Abbot Celestine Cullen OSB, who in the course of his life made an outstanding contribution to the Benedictine order and to G(...)

“Despite two decades of horrific revelations of systematic cover-up of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic clergy, the Catholic Church remains a central part of Irish life.” File photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, like most of my peers, I had a thoroughly Catholic upbringing. From birth to death the Church was an integral part (...)

Grandad’s shoe box is seldom used now but remains  a precious possession Photograph: istock

It was a beautiful spring morning as I made my way along the country road. I stepped onto the grass verge to make way for an oncoming car and there si(...)

Precisely because Catholics are a minority in Britain, there is not the baggage associated with the church’s position in Ireland and decades of close ties with the State and a dominant role in national life. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The decisive vote last May to remove article 40.3.3 banning abortion from Bunreacht na hÉireann has generally come to be seen as dramatically underlin(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill of Sinn Féin  join mourners at the funeral of Connor Currie.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Connor Currie, the third of the Cookstown victims to be laid to rest on Friday, was remembered in his home parish church in Edendork as a teenager who(...)

The coffin of Morgan Barnard is taken into St Patrick’s Church, Dungannon for his funeral.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

St Patrick’s Church in Dungannon, Co Tyrone was packed to capacity on Friday for the first of the three funerals of the three young people who died in(...)

Fr George Rutler said the state of the Catholic Church in Ireland was “a warning to Catholics in the United States, because such is what happens when religion is only a political and ethnic sentiment”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was “elected while publicly living in perverse contempt of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony”, and “Druids returned and defiantly(...)

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