Pope Francis lights a candle at the Knock Shrine in Co Mayo last year. It is 140 years today since 15 local people said they  saw an apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist, and a lamb in the village. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/AFP/Getty Images.

It was very wet that evening in Knock on August 21st, 1879, 140 years ago today, when 15 local people saw the apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John t(...)

Fr Eugene Greene pictured celebrating Mass in a Donegal parish prior to his conviction for sexual abuse. Photograph:  Eoin Mc Garvey

Eugene Greene, one of the Republic’s most notorious clerical child sex abusers, died late last year, it has emerged. News of Greene’s death has only (...)

One well-placed source warned:  “Get Dublin wrong and Diarmuid Martin’s formidable legacy will be set at nought. And rapidly.” Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Speculation that the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin is about to step down has intensified following a recent interview, which observers felt re(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin greets Pope Francis at his arrival at Dublin airport last August. Photograph: Maxwells

Major change at Catholic Church leadership level in Ireland is imminent as almost a third of the 26 dioceses on the island are scheduled to have new b(...)

The clipped style of Morning Ireland presenter Gavin Jennings doesn’t naturally set guests at ease. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In the run-up to the arrival of Pope Francis, the logistics of his visit dominate the airwaves. Whether the topic is traffic restrictions, accessibili(...)

 Pope Francis: “dogmatic certainty” is the foundation for the much vaunted practice of “discernment” which he  has promoted consistently. Photograph: Max Rossi

In the very first interview given after his election, Pope Francis said this: “I have a dogmatic certainty: God is in every person’s life. God is in e(...)

Fr Alan McGuckian: will be ordained as bishop on August 6th

Ireland’s first ever Jesuit bishop, Fr Alan McGuckian (64), will be ordained Bishop of Raphoe at the Cathedral of Saints Eunan and Columba in Letterke(...)