Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin welcomed new guidance issued by the Government’s Cabinet committee regarding safe activity in places of worship. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Catholic Church donations have plummeted in Dublin during the Covid-19 outbreak, falling by as much as 80 per cent. The Dublin Archdiocese said the n(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: said he hopes that “before next weekend, when Sunday Mass reopens, some flexibility will have emerged”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Parishes should “manage scrupulously” the safety of people at Masses on Monday morning when churches reopen for the first time in over three months, C(...)

Spanish priest Antonio Gomez wearing a face mask and shield while giving Communion to worshippers. Photograph: Jaime Reina/AFP via Getty

Catholic priests have expressed anxiety about shouldering sole responsibility for the health and safety of people attending Masses and other public ch(...)

The Church of St Therese, Mount Merrion, in Dublin: the reopening of churches is currently set by the Government for July 20th. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has warned against any attempt to reopen churches before public health authorities deem it safe. The organi(...)

Pandemic restrictions in place on the pews at the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians on Dublin’s Navan Road. Photograph: Alan Betsonimes

Ireland’s Catholic bishops are speeding up preparations to re-open churches for public Masses in case this is allowed to happen sooner than the July 2(...)

File photograph: iStock

Catholic priests are coming under continuing pressure to hold funeral Masses, particularly in rural Ireland, despite Government restrictions due to co(...)

Pope Francis greets the faithful during his weekly general audience  at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

The Association of Catholic Priests has said it is “disappointed” that Pope Francis has declined to approve the ordination of married men to address t(...)

The Irish Catholic Church has been likened by a priest to an old car that has gone off the road and ‘sunk into the bog and is stuck’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The Irish Catholic Church has been likened by a priest to an old car that has gone off the road and “sunk into the bog and is stuck”. “The engine is(...)

Benedict, when he was pope, in 2005. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

There has been strong reaction from Irish Catholic priests to the intervention of former pope Benedict XVI in the Church’s ongoing celibacy debate. I(...)

Fr Oliver O’Reilly delivers a sermon condemning the attack on Kevin Lunney at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Ballyconnell. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed his support for Co Cavan priest Fr Oliver O’Reilly for “offering moral leadership in a difficult time” after (...)

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