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Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi  shake hands with Pope Francis during his visit to  Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar, on Tuesday. Photograph: Hein Htet/EPA

Pope Francis on Tuesday urged the leaders of majority-Buddhist Myanmar, mired in a crisis over the fate of Muslim Rohingya people, to commit themselv(...)

Pope Francis arrives at Yangon International Airport in  Myanmar on Monday. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Pope Francis landed in Myanmar, and in a diplomatic minefield, on Monday. In his first visit to the country – and his first to any majority-Buddhist (...)

What did Jesus say on the subject of homosexuality, according to the Gospel accounts? Not a word. Photograph: Getty Images

What a distinctly odd and contradictory state of affairs. A sincere young Christian man is barred from singing at his grandmother’s funeral because he(...)

Fr Ronan Drury: From Mullagh in Co Cavan, he was ordained in 1949. He died peacefully at Dublin’s Mater hospital on Thursday evening surrounded by his family and friends.

Fr Ronan Drury (93), editor of the Furrow magazine since 1977, has died. He succeeded Canon JG McGarry who founded the monthly magazine in 1950 but wa(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin: “The days when we could consider the priest as a lone ranger are long past.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Catholic primate, Archbishop Eamon Martin, has told a conference in Maynooth how ill-prepared he and his generation of priests were for the world (...)

Live like a Parisian and spend a week in  the French capital, staying near the Gare de Nord.

Spend a week in Paris for €197 Live like a Parisian and spend a week in a traditional part of the French capital, staying near the Gare de Nord. A wee(...)

 Marcial Maciel Degollado  is embraced by Pope John Paul II in a ceremony on January 3th, 1991, marking the 50th anniversary of the Legionaries of Christ. Photograph: Getty Images

An Irish priest played a key role in offshore structures holding substantial assets belonging to the wealthy but secretive Catholic order the Legionar(...)

Pope Francis has banned the sale of cigarettes in  the Vatican city state. Photograph: Reuters.

Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year because of health concerns, a spokesman said on Thursday. (...)

All our major churches are ageing and in decline.

The churches run 96 per cent of our primary schools and approximately 50 per cent at secondary level, yet the fastest growing cohort in the Irish popu(...)

New York is among the more expensive destinations as four out of five secondary schools now organise tours abroad. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Schools have been urged to limit the costs of tours for their pupils following concerns that some parents are being asked to pay up to €1,800 for trip(...)

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