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Fr Dominic Valanmahal. Photograph via Facebook

A Catholic diocese in Canada has cancelled a retreat to be given there next month by Indian priest Fr Dominic Valanmanal who has been preaching that a(...)

The Catholic Church’s 31 page document rejecting gender fluidity landed during Pride month.  File photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

It was in a beautiful little church by the sea in Italy that I very nearly didn’t get married 16 years ago. While my wedding plans were falling apart(...)

Pope Francis has said in the past that he would entertain the possibility of ordaining viri probati in remote areas that are deprived of the sacraments. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

In a potentially groundbreaking move, the Roman Catholic Church on Monday cracked open the door to ordaining married, elderly men to the priesthood, t(...)

Majella Moynihan in 1998. She has been commended for telling her story by the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Photograph: RTÉ

A story of secrecy and shame, of a woman being treated appallingly by State institutions, with involvement from the Catholic Church – this is a narrat(...)

Majella was called to the Garda Training College, in Templemore, Co Tipperary, in 1983 – “It was the most exciting day of my life.”

This is the full transcript of the RTÉ radio Doc on One: The Case of Majella Moynihan, which details how the Garda hierarchy treated a young, unmarrie(...)

“GK Chesterton was certainly no ascetic, enjoying cigars and alcohol as well as food. Unlike most saints, he was also happily married.”

The writer GK Chesterton was unusual for many reasons, ranging from his physical enormity – he stood 6 feet 4 and weighed more than 20 stone (130kg) –(...)

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 has repeatedly argued the position that people cannot choose their genders. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

The Vatican has issued an official document rejecting the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisting on the sexual “complementa(...)

‘The churches are entitled to apply their own rules and to minister to their flocks as they see fit.’ File photograph: Getty

At the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Belfast last week, former Moderator Norman Hamilton said historic biblical values were no longer(...)

 General view of the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

An official building permit has been issued for the unfinished Barcelona church designed by architect Antoni Gaudí – 137 years after construction star(...)

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