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A pagan people?

It was fitting that it should be reported yesterday, the feast of the birth of St John, that a substantial number of the Catholic bishops now believe (...)

Pope Francis waves at the end of a canonisation Mass in Saint Peter’s Square last month. The pontiff “will undoubtedly continue to woo the masses as he dives into the adoring crowds”. Photograph: Reuters

On June 21st, Pope Francis sailed past the mark of 100 days since his election. Media interest has continued to report his daily activities and souven(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson (right) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have appealed for peace on the streets this summer. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Northern Ireland’s most senior politicians have appealed for peace on the streets this summer.It comes ahead of the first contentious loyalist march t(...)

Back in the day, the Catholic Church went to great lengths to discourage young, and old, people from thinking about sex. If they had known about the “(...)

Connemara priest and author Fr Pádraig Standún has paid tribute to Taoiseach Enda Kenny for his stance on the abortion legislation. The critici(...)

Daniel O’Connell by Sir David Wilkie:  favoured the separation of church and state

Last Monday Enda Kenny visited Bobbio in northern Italy to see one of the great shrines of Irish Christianity, the tomb of St Columbanus, who broug(...)

John Halligan: hit out at the church for “harassment” of TDs over abortion legislation and in trenchant criticism said “threatening 
deputies to induce them to vote in a particular way must surely be illegal”.

The Catholic Church has no right to be the State’s moral compass and is in no position to lecture anyone on human rights given its “blood-stained hist(...)

Independent TD John Halligan: called on the Tánaiste ‘to condemn the Catholic Church for attempting to intervene in the running of this State’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has refused to condemn the Catholic Church over its response to the legislation dealing with abortion.He told Independent TD Jo(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is threatened with the loss of five or six TDs and Senators if they vote against the abortion Bill. Photograph: Eric Luke

It was a day of crashed deadlines, rampant speculation and no little confusion over the exact contents of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill(...)

Pope Francis gives the thumbs up during the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican today. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has acknowledged the existence of a “gay lobby” and a “stream of corruption” in the Vatican, according to reports in Catholic media. Th(...)

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