Archbishop Diarmuid Martin referred to the “growing distance between young people and the teachings of Christ”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has warned of the “growing alienation between young people and the church” and the rapidly falling numbers of peo(...)

 Samson ‘Sam’ Mann (56) will be ordained a Spiritan priest – the first ordination for the Irish province of the Spiritans in 17 years, on Sunday, July 1st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

In Westport, Co Mayo last Monday the Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary ordained Fr John Regan, a member of the Pallottine congregation. “John assumes t(...)

The horrendous crime of rape may result in pregnancy. When it does, some argue the foetus should be regarded as an aggressor and be expelled by abortion. File photograph: Getty Images

Certain elements in the current abortion debate are reminiscent of a famous clash of ideas between the two Greek thinkers Heraclitus and Parmenides. T(...)

The 1,400th anniversary of the death of St Columbanus on November 21st, 615, was marked on Monday at Maynooth. From a painting by Giuseppe Franchi (above). File photograph: Dea/Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana/De Agostini/Getty Images

The 1,400th anniversary of the death of St Columbanus on November 21st, 615, was marked on Monday at Maynooth by the conferring of three honora(...)

The site of 1.3 hectares (3.21 acres) on the Hole in the Wall Road, Dublin 13,  is to be sold on behalf of the Missionary Society of St Columban

An infill site capable of holding between 60 and 70 houses and apartments at Donaghmede in Dublin 13 is expected to attract considerable interest when(...)

Pope Francis is seen on a large screen as he speaks during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Seven Irish Columban priests will be among 124 Catholic missionaries who will be beatified by Pope Francis next Saturday during his visit to South Kor(...)

Childcare review: found that various religious orders had difficulty in ensuring the protection from abuse of those in their care

The review of the Presentation Brothers found that 54 abuse allegations have been made against 28 members (one unnamed) since January 1st, 1975, with (...)

Laicised Columban priest Patrick Maguire has been convicted a number of times both in the UK and Ireland.  Photograph: Collins Courts.

Twelve priests at the Missionary Society of St Columban (Columbans) faced 41 allegations since January 1st 1975, with one convicted in the courts,a(...)

Cardinal Sean Brady: “We are not becoming complacent. Vigilance is the operative word at all times, attentiveness and compassion to all concerned.”  Photograph: Frank Miller

The Towards Healing helpline for survivors of clerical child abuse can be contacted today and tomorrow 11am to 1am at freephone 1800-303416 from Irela(...)

Archbishop Seán Brady:  the Irish Catholic Church could play a useful role in advising the new Vatican commission on child abuse, he said yesterday. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

It has been a long road. Based on the findings of the eight reviews of child protection published yesterday, we can conclude that much has been achiev(...)

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