Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: “We have some people whose frustration with their own gay identity is leading them to be homophobic . . . The pope is clearing the air for a further discussion.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pope Francis’s remarks that gay people were entitled to a family and the legal protection of civil unions sent “a very strong message to the community(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘Some of those who took part in these anti-mask demonstrations were the same groups that attempted to overturn my car when I attended an Islamic gathering in Croke Park.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has warned against anti mask protesters and those “who do not understand, or do not want to understand, (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin  said churches would remain closed ‘except for private prayer, weddings and funerals’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dublin’s religious are closing their doors this weekend, reluctantly but accepting “it has to be done”. In messages to their clergy on Friday the Cat(...)

When the Eid celebration was announced for Croke Park  the then government roadmap for  lifting Covid-19 restrictions would have allowed for 500 particpants at all public events from July 20th. Photograph: Norman McCloskey/Inpho

Numbers taking part in Eid celebrations at Croke Park on Friday will be limited to 200 despite a request to Taoiseach Micheál Martin from Muslim organ(...)

Large spaces between members of the congregation at the 10am Mass on Thursday at the Church of Our Lady of Consolation in Donnycarney, Dublin. Photograph: John McElroy

Churches in the Republic should be allowed follow similar rules to those in Northern Ireland when it comes to attendance at Masses, Catholic Archbisho(...)

A file image of Communion dress for sale at a Dublin market. The Archbishop of Dublin has said there is ‘absolutely no way’ Confirmation or First Holy Communion services will take place in Dublin during May and June. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

There is “absolutely no way” Confirmations or First Holy Communions will take place in Dublin in May and June, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said. “(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: “We owe a great deal to those who bear the responsibility of leadership at this moment, especially in the front line.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The coronavirus outbreak has led to almost half of Dublin’s Catholic priests being confined to their homes as they are aged over 70, Archbishop Diarmu(...)

File photograph: iStock

Catholic priests are coming under continuing pressure to hold funeral Masses, particularly in rural Ireland, despite Government restrictions due to co(...)

The number of children being confirmed increased from just under 15,000 to almost 17,000 between 2017 and 2018. Photograph: iStock

Mass attendance has plummeted. Fewer people than ever are self-identifying as Catholic. And the public has voted in significant numbers to remove reli(...)

The Pope urged bishops to pray for more priestly vocations. Photograph: iStock.

Catholic Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin has said he is “very much open” to calls for a softening on the church’s clerical celibacy rules to cope (...)

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