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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says there were ‘hundreds’ of paedophiles in the Irish Catholic Church. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former president Mary McAleese has said the recent decades of clerical abuse scandals have shown how “careless” the Catholic Church is of human rights(...)

Laura Mulvey, whose daughter attends Scoil an Duinnínigh, in Co Dublin, is frustrated by unclear answers about the divestment process. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Outside the gates of Catholic national schools in the affluent suburbs of Malahide and Portmarnock this week, there was only one topic of conversation(...)

Michael McDowell: ‘No church is entitled to say to the Irish State: ‘Our law is superior to your law.’’ Photograph: Collins Courts

The State “effectively signed a blank cheque” in agreeing the controversial 2002 indemnity deal with 18 religious congregations, the then attorney gen(...)

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel. The so-called ‘métis’ children, the product of relationships between settlers and local women, were forcibly taken to Belgium between 1959 and 1962. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Belgium’s prime minister, Charles Michel, is to apologise on behalf of the state for the kidnapping of mixed-race children torn from their Congolese m(...)

A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe: Christopher Grant and Simon Sweeney in Kabosh’s Belfast production

A QUEER CÉILÍ AT THE MARTY FORSYTHE Trinity Lodge, Belfast ★★★☆☆ In 1982 homosexual conduct between men aged 21 or over was decriminalised in Norther(...)

Constellations: Sinéad Gleeson and (inset) Anne Enright. Photographs: Tom Honan and Alan Betson

On Wednesday evening Anne Enright, the Booker-winning author of The Green Road, Making Babies and The Gathering, launched Constellations: Reflections (...)

Former Bishop of Kerry Eamonn Casey, photographed in his home in Surrey in south east England in 1999.

The Diocese of Kerry has confirmed that it received one “historical concern” regarding abuse of a child by its former Bishop Eamonn Casey. “This inf(...)

A woman reads a copy of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano as she waits for the canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican in April 2014.  Photograph: Reuters

The founder and the entire editorial board have quit a Vatican women’s magazine that has drawn international attention for exposing the abuse of nuns,(...)

Precisely because Catholics are a minority in Britain, there is not the baggage associated with the church’s position in Ireland and decades of close ties with the State and a dominant role in national life. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The decisive vote last May to remove article 40.3.3 banning abortion from Bunreacht na hÉireann has generally come to be seen as dramatically underlin(...)

Workers offload food aid from a South African National Defence Force helicopter on Monday in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Buzi, near Beira, Mozambique. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Fresh fundraising appeals have been made to provide relief to hundreds of thousands people in Southern Africa who are suffering in the aftermath of Cy(...)

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