Minister for Health Simon Harris. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A Co Wicklow priest has accused Minister for Health Simon Harris of having an “ABC, Any but Catholic” attitude after the Wicklow TD praised a school f(...)

Pope Francis is photographed  during a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters.

Irish Catholic priests have described as “a major disappointment” comments by Pope Francis indicating the church has no current plans to ordain women (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin  has attracted criticism from priests in Dublin with some believing he “sold out” on the issue of clerical sex abuse, Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery has said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has been accused of “abdicating his responsibility” as a moral leader in the run-up to the referendum t(...)

One well-placed source warned:  “Get Dublin wrong and Diarmuid Martin’s formidable legacy will be set at nought. And rapidly.” Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Speculation that the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin is about to step down has intensified following a recent interview, which observers felt re(...)

The choir of St John the Baptist Catholic church in Killeagh, Co Cork, which will  sing at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

At Mass in St Matthew’s church in Ballyfermot, Dublin, Fr Joe McDonald is criticising homophobia within the church. He jokes about people who have ask(...)

Father Kris Stubna walks to the sanctuary following a mass to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St Paul Cathedral, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photograph:  Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

It would be “negligent and unacceptable” for Pope Francis not to respond to the abuse issue while in Ireland, a survey of Irish Catholics has found. C(...)

Preparations under way at the papal cross in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, for the visit of Pope Francis as part of the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Unlike Pope John Paul II in 1979 who, with his training as an actor, took to the Irish stage with alacrity, Pope Francis will be chewing on his lip as(...)

Pope John Paul II kisses thr ground on arrival in Dublin, 1979. Photograph: Mazpix

Watching the second part of the quite superb RTÉ documentary series The Game last Monday night, I was struck by the fervour of the crowds in Croke Par(...)

 Fr Tony Flannery who chaired the Association of Catholic Priests’  public regional meeting in Tuam, Co Galway, ahead of the Papal visit. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Pope Francis has been urged to avoid being “treated like a celebrity”, and to apologise to all those mistreated in the Magdalene laundries, mother an(...)

Pope Francis   attended   the World Council of Churches in Geneva last month and will visit Ireland in August. Photograph: Getty Images

The first of four public meetings ahead of the papal visit to Ireland next month takes place in Mallow Co Cork on Wednesday evening. The meetings, i(...)

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