The ordination last month of Dermot Farrell as Bishop of Ossory. Nine episcopal vacancies will by next year need to be filled. Photograph: John McElroy

Usually, talk in the Catholic Church about staff shortages centres on country parishes having to consider closing churches, cutting down on the number(...)

Bishop Philip Boyce, who has been appointed as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Dromore until the new bishop is appointed. File image: David Sleator

The Catholic diocese of Dromore has distanced itself from comments by a retired priest there who said he was “disgusted” at the appointment of Bishop (...)

The resignation of Dr John McAreavey (above) has been accepted by the pope. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has set up a team within its public protection branch to investigate the circumstances of abuse committed by (...)

Father Malachy Finnegan: when he was at Stroud treatment centre for sex offenders he  was parish priest at Clonduff/Hilltown near Newry and president of the local GAA club, where he looked after the juvenile football teams

A former Catholic priest remembers Fr Malachy Finnegan when he was at the Stroud treatment centre for sex offenders in Gloucestershire, England. It wa(...)

Dr John McAreavey will remains Bishop of Dromore until Pope Francis accepts his resignation. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Despite announcing his resignation earlier this month Dr John McAreavey remains on as Bishop of Dromore until his standing down is accepted by Pope Fr(...)

Bishop John McAreavey (pictured): Actions of Malachy Finnegan were ‘abhorrent, inexcusable and indefensible’

Catholic Bishop of Dromore John McAreavey has apologised for saying the funeral Mass in 2002 for abuser priest Fr Malachy Finnegan, a former president(...)

Bishop McAreavey: “Our main concern has been the physical and psychological welfare of individuals and families in these centres,” he said.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Catholic Bishops have welcomed the Supreme Court decision requiring a change to the law that prohibits asylum seekers from working. “The words (...)

Catholic  Iraqis attend Mass. Christians “face persecution in over 100 countries”. Photograph: Reuters/Ali Jarekji

Catholic bishops across the world will be ringing church bells in their dioceses at noon today, Feast of the Assumption, in solidarity with persecuted(...)

Bishop John McAreavey. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Catholic bishops launched a stinging attack on the direct provision system for asylum seekers at a press conference in Maynooth yesterday. One bishop(...)