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The initial phase of the synodal pathway for the church in Ireland coincides with the preparations for the 2023 Ordinary General Assembly of Bishops in Rome. Photograph: Getty

The initial phase of the synodal pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland, announced by the Bishops’ Conference during its spring general meeting in(...)

Covid-19 pandemic restrictions in place on the pews at the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians on Dublin’s Navan Road. Photograph: Alan Betson

For the past month we have seen smartly-dressed boys and little girls in white dresses trooping to their local churches to receive First Holy Communio(...)

Shakespeare recognises the potential power of even the smallest act of kindness or decency: “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” Getty Images

‘New and Improved” is a phrase often used in the advertising world by businesses wanting to promote a particular product. One commentator said that sh(...)

The Holy Spirit  is the presence of God in the world. Photograph: Getty Images

Nowadays people often say that they are not religious, but they are spiritual. What do those words mean? What does it mean to be religious, what does (...)

Screen grabs from Irish Blessing video

A cross-denominational video involving over 300 Irish church groups has been launched on YouTube this Pentecost Sunday, dedicated to every healthcare (...)

“Many are rediscovering a sense of community and our dependence on each other.” Photograph: Getty Images

They say that every cloud has a silver lining, and that no matter how bad a situation maybe some good will come of it. It is believed that the origina(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said preparations should be made for a full reopening of Catholic churches in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Preparations should be made for a full reopening of Catholic churches in Dublin, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said. Many churches in the archdiocese(...)

Fr Ned Hassett of the Abbeyside Parish in Co Waterford says ‘people are supporting each other, they are going that extra mile’.

Fr Ned Hassett has been the parish priest of Abbeyside, Ballinroad and Garranbane in Co Waterford for more than six years but never before has he expe(...)

Pope Francis urges us to be missionary disciples and invites ‘all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ’. Photograph: Fabio Falcioni/EPA

The pastoral plan for the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, launched on Pentecost Sunday, is the fruit of a listening process conducted around the dio(...)

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands with South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in across the line that divides their countries ahead of their meeting on April 27th. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As first steps are taken on the road to a peace on the Korean peninsula it is worth remembering that when Jesus spoke about peace he was thinking abou(...)

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