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Pope Francis blessing children during a meeting with members of the Roma community in Blaj, Romania. Photograph: Vatican Media handout/AFP/Getty

Pope Francis has asked forgiveness in the name of the Catholic Church for the mistreatment of the Roma people, a move likely to increase tensions wit(...)

“We are damaging the web of life and the way that species interconnect and interact, but we don’t know to what end or how the damage we are causing will impact on ourselves.” Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Last week’s United Nations report on the health of the planet and the services it provides made for very uncomfortable reading. It shows that humans a(...)

A survey  reveals a strong demand for parents and local parishes to play a much greater role in preparing children for sacraments. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is unique in its dependence on schools in preparing for the sacraments. And, as any primary school teacher will tell you, preparation for Comm(...)

Meath crime prevention officer Sgt Dean Kerins also urged Mass-goers to be vigilant with their belongings. Photograph: iStock

A Meath priest has urged parishioners to be mindful of their belongings after thefts from two people during Mass last weekend, which have been describ(...)

There was blood everywhere and he went roaring for our mother. Photograph: iStock

Siblings and Other Enemies. Sounds like a thriller, probably involving murder without the mystery. Is there anything quite as savage as small people y(...)

Kathleen Alexandra Kennedy and Robert F Kennedy Jr in 2016 in New York City. Photograph: Donna Ward/Getty Images

A brother, sister and niece of Robert F Kennedy Jr have chastised him for campaigning against vaccines, saying he has been disseminating “dangerous mi(...)

The funeral of Brigid Ward (11), who died following collision with a car, took place at Ahascragh, Co Galway. Photograph: Alan Betson

The children and teachers of Eglish national school, Ahascragh were lucky to have “lived, learned and laughed” with their “bright, blue-eyed friend” B(...)

Paddy Ward remains in intensive care at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, but it is understood his injuries are not life-threatening.  File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The nine-year-old boy injured in a collision in Co Galway on Easter Sunday in which his older sister died remains in intensive care at Portiuncula Hos(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Archbishop’s House in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times.

The most influential Catholic prelate in Ireland Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is 15 years Archbishop of Dublin this month. He is 20 years a bishop and w(...)

Diarmuid Martin (74), who has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome. “One thing I would not want is that there would be a vacuum or that there would be a prolonged period of speculation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, turned 74 on April 8th. He has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome, a(...)

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