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Jason Evert was due to speak at the ‘Incite 2020’ student retreat event. File photograph: Alan Betson

Four talks by controversial US Catholic preacher Jason Evert this week have been cancelled after concerns were raised about his views on homosexuality(...)

 Josepha Madigan said it  “should not come a source of surprise to see a woman on the altar including in the priesthood itself”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic Church has a blind spot when it comes to inclusion of the marginalised or stigmatised, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht J(...)

Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917 - 1980) at home in San Salvador in November 1979. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

There is something about the murder of a priest saying Mass that has always stirred the Christian imagination. The priest is then at his most vulnerab(...)

Archbishop Óscar Romero: In his weekly sermons, broadcast all over he country by Catholic radio stations, he took to reading lists of the latest atrocities by security forces and the death squads in El Salvador. Photograph: Leif Skoogfors/Getty Images

In March of 1968, four Franciscan priests from Ireland, of whom I was one, reported for duty to the diocese of San Miguel in the eastern corner of El (...)

For all the changes of the past 20 years, Ireland’s reputation abroad often remains entwined with Catholicism and alcohol. It’s striking, then to find(...)

LoveBoth canvassers at St Stephen’s Green,  Alexandra Brazil, Una Mary Mc Carthy Deering, Maeve O’ Hanlon, Al Byrne and Miriam Smith. Photograph: John Mc Elroy.

Canvasssers for a No vote in Friday’s referendum say they have detected greater engagement with the arguments for and against repealing the Eighth Ame(...)

Archbishop Óscar Romero: spoke out vehemently against poverty, social wrongs, torture and murder. Photograph: AP

Archbishop Óscar Romero was born 100 years ago this day, on August 15th 1917. He was murdered by El Salvador’s state forces on March 24th, 1980. Wide(...)

Nicholas Kearns (right), the former High Court president and deputy chairman of the NMH, arriving at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is strange state of affairs when a former president of the High Court has to come out and publicly declare that a new maternity hospital will not b(...)

Director of the the Iona Institute David Quinn, pictured at a press conference advocating a No vote in the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The company behind the religious advocacy group, the Iona Institute, received donations of almost €275,000 last year. The Iona Institute is a trading(...)

Msgr Fernando Ocáriz Braña (72) succeeds Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez (84), who died in Rome last month

Pope Francis has named Msgr Fernando Ocáriz Braña (72) as the new leader or prelate of Opus Dei. He succeeds Bishop Javier Echevarría Rodríguez (84) w(...)

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