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The number of  Masses in the Catholic diocese of Clogher  will fall to 96 from next month. Photograph: iStock

The Catholic diocese of Clogher has announced it is to reduce the number of Masses by 15 per cent from next month due to the age and shortage of pries(...)

Pope Francis:  Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin (centre) says the people of Dublin responded with generosity and enthusiasm to his visit. Photograph: Vatican Media/via Reuters

Those who saw the recent visit of Pope Francis as the end of the Catholic Church in Ireland had “really lost the understanding of what the church is,”(...)

I had not been to Knock for decades. After the pope’s visit, I planned to mooch around the village to see what memories it would stir up. I never expected it to be emotional. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/Getty Images

The man in the souvenir shop in Knock observed my media lanyard and concluded I wasn’t your typical pilgrim buying rosary beads and scapulars. “Are y(...)

Pope Francis during his visit to Dublin last Saturday. The group expected a half an hour maximum, but the pope heard them out for an hour and a half. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The most extraordinary meeting in the long history of the Catholic Church in Ireland was a hastily arranged affair. Eight survivors of clerical abuse(...)

Vekash Khokar  at the Backstage Theatre, Longford. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

A Pakistani nurse who left Ireland on Monday after receiving a deportation order was informed the morning after his departure that his asylum status i(...)

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(...)

Vekash Khokar with Mona Considine, general manager of the Backstage Theatre, Longford. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

A Pakistani nurse who performed on the Abbey Theatre stage on Monday afternoon has left Ireland after receiving a deportation order. Vekash Khokhar, (...)

Pope Francis: It will require courage and creativity to ensure  there is a legacy to last week’s events and  they are not a one-off fireworks display. Photograph: Vatican Media

In the course of a 1957 lecture, French writer Albert Camus said: “An oriental wise man always used to ask the divinity in his prayers to be so kind a(...)

Philomena Lee: “I do pray within my heart that something good will come out of this. It was so awful.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Mother and baby home survivor Philomena Lee has called on Pope Francis to match his words with deeds to help those who have been harmed by the Catholi(...)

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin as Pope Francis attended the closing Mass at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Liam McBurney-Pool/Getty Images.

An organiser of Sunday’s papal Mass in the Phoenix Park has estimated that 200,000 people attended the Dublin event, based on the amount of communion (...)

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