Joint statement: The leaders of Ireland’s main churches (left to right) Rev Sam McGuffin, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Dr William Henry,  Dr Richard Clarke,  Rev Brian Anderson.

The leaders of Ireland’s main churches have urged the North’s political parties to “fully grasp” the opportunity to restore Northern Ireland’s devolve(...)

Catholic bishops in the North have said Monday was ‘a tragic day for the unborn child’ after abortion was decriminalised. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty

The main Christian churches in Ireland have deplored the events at Stormont on Monday that resulted in the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern (...)

MPs at Westminister have passed a Bill stating that abortion will be decriminalised in Northern Ireland unless Stormont is restored by October 21st. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Church leaders have called on the political parties to reconvene the Stormont Assembly to prevent the introduction of abortion in Northern Ireland nex(...)

Church services

CATHEDRALS National Cathedral of Saint Patrick, Dublin THE NINTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY - 9.15 EUCHARIST said in the Lady Chapel. 11.15 CHORAL EUCHARIS(...)

Fr Router said he was ‘sharply aware’ that some people don’t share the ‘same positive experience of church that I have’. Photograph: iStock

Fr Michael Router was ordained as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Armagh at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh city on Sunday. The archdiocese, (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘A choice of schools may not be possible or practicable in all areas.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Parents must get more choice for their children’s education in any new covenant between the State, churches and other ethical bodies, Taoiseach Leo Va(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has criticised what he has described as a lack of progress on developing the Taoiseach’s proposed new covenant. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Religious leaders are expected to ask Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to elaborate on Thursday on what he meant when calling for a new covenant between church (...)

Dr Fintan Gavin

The Catholic Church must reach out to those on the margins and those who have lost their faith if it is to be an authentic Christian community, the ne(...)

Three-year-old Conor Maverick with Swampy, the turtle, at their home in Monkstown Farm. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Residents of the Monkstown Farm area of south Dublin may recognise Marc and Suzie Kenny’s house on Oliver Plunkett Road. The former council house has (...)

Rev Charles McMullen (third from left), speaking to media with church leaders Rev Trevor Gribben (left), Rev Brian Anderson (second from left), Rev William Davison (third from right), Arch Bishop Eamon Martin (second from right), and Rev Richard Clarke (right), following a meeting with political leaders at Stormont. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

Ireland’s main church leaders have spoken of “a growing sense of hopelessness and even despair” at the political stalemate in Northern Ireland and cal(...)

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