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Archbishop Óscar Romero: In his weekly sermons, broadcast all over he country by Catholic radio stations, he took to reading lists of the latest atrocities by security forces and the death squads in El Salvador. Photograph: Leif Skoogfors/Getty Images

In March of 1968, four Franciscan priests from Ireland, of whom I was one, reported for duty to the diocese of San Miguel in the eastern corner of El (...)

The  Church of the Annunciation, Finglas. The building is to be demolished to make way for a smaller church building. Photograph: Alan Betson

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin will celebrate a final Mass in the Church of the Annunciation, in Finglas West, one of the largest churches in Ir(...)

A sketch by d Alberto Giacometti sold for €650 at Victor Mee’s auction house.

Among the stuffed animals, leather Chesterfields and vintage metallic adverts, a rural Cavan auction house recently had at least two art works by lumi(...)

The stigmata, corresponding to Christ’s crucifixion wounds, first appeared on Padre Pio  100 years ago in September 1918 and lasted until the end of his life. They didn’t deteriorate, nor did they heal and the blood was said to smell of perfume. Photograph:  Massimo Sambucetti

Padre Pio, priest, stigmatist, mystic and one of the world’s most popular saints, will be dead 50 years on Sunday, September 23rd. He has inspired ext(...)

President Michael D Higgins with former ministers, Brendan Daly, Donie Cassidy, Michael Mulcahy. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

For John Mulcahy, journalism and publishing was not just a job or a career, it was his passion, his memorial Mass heard on Thursday. Though ill for (...)

Canon Shane McCaughey: newly appointed parish priest in Castleblayney

“When you are the only priest in town, everyone demands your attention,” says Canon Shane McCaughey. “It can mean you go from one emotional extreme to(...)

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(...)

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