Vincent Doyle pauses at a scenic spot  above the River Shannon where his father, Fr John J Doyle, often took him. Vincent did not know the priest was his father, but knew him as his godfather. Photograph: Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe

It was the early 1980s when they first met at a wedding in Co Cavan. Fr John J Doyle (44) was a Co Longford Spiritan (Holy Ghost) priest, home from t(...)

 Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown, who has completed his term in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Senior Catholic bishops have paid tribute to the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland Charles Brown, who has completed his term. A Vatican communiqué issued (...)

Fr Tony Flannery who celebrated Mass for his 70th birthday at the east Galway Killimordaly Community Centre in breach of a 2012 ban by the Vatican on his public ministry: “I feel free of the institution.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Comedian Groucho Marx said he would never join a club that accepted him as a member. Fr Tony Flannery goes one better. He now has no desire to rejoin (...)

7/3/2012.   - NEWS -Bishop Donal McKeown, at a press conference following the Spring general meeting of the Irish Bishops' Conference, in Maynooth, Co. Kildare.Photographer: Dara Mac D�naill / THE IRISH TIMES Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

The new Catholic Bishop of Derry is Donal McKeown, who had been Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor since 2001. He succeeds Bishop Séamus Hegar(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)