Minister for Education Richard Bruton has announced plans to prohibit Catholic primary schools from giving enrolment priority to baptised children in cases where they are oversubscribed. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Ombudsman for Children says Government plans to partially lift the “Baptism barrier” will end up discriminating against children seeking access to(...)

The Association of Trustees of Catholic Schools says the proposals to remove the Baptism barrier will seriously undermine the role of Catholic schools and their ability to continue to promote a ‘living faith environment’.

Catholic groups have told the Government that plans to remove the “Baptism barrier” for entry to school will create major constitutional problems and (...)

The Rally for Life anti-abortion demonstration in Dublin in 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson

“Another year over. And a new one just begun.” With yet another abortion referendum waiting in the long grass. “The words ‘secular’ and ‘religious’ (...)

The joint New Year message was from the Church of Ireland Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Richard Clarke, the Catholic Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin (above), Methodist Church president Rev Dr Laurence Graham, Bishop John McDowell, the President of the Irish Council of Churches and the Rt Rev Noble McNeely, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

The leaders of the Christian churches made no mention of the forthcoming abortion referendum in their traditional New Year message. The referendum i(...)

Maurice Hayes: He had a great love and knowledge of literature, and with a photographic memory could quote his favourite poets and writers

Coming out of midnight Mass in Bryansford on Sunday night, P J McElroy spoke to journalist Dan Keenan about fellow Co Down man Dr Maurice Hayes who di(...)

Church services

CATHEDRALS Down Cathedral, Downpatrick Sundays at 11:30am and Thursdays at 10am with Holy Communion. You are very welcome to visit Down Cathedral. Mo(...)

Pope Francis: urges faithful to see global migration as “an opportunity to build peace”.   Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Pope Francis has issued a stark warning against those who stoke fears over migrants, refugees or asylum seekers. “Many destination countries have seen(...)

Sean O’Boyle founder of the Columba Press.

Columba Press founder Seán O’Boyle (71) died at St Colmcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown, Dublin, on Wednesday night. An Armagh man, in 1984 he founded(...)

Cork bishops said there was an increasing awareness of the problem of homelessness in Irish society. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

People should remember the homeless this year and do what they can to help, the Church of Ireland and Catholic Bishops of Cork have urged in a joint C(...)

Rev Trevor Morrow: “very deeply concerned” recommendations would create similar conditions to those in Britain. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Removal of the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution “can have no effect other than to expose unborn children to greater risk”, Catholic bishops have(...)

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