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A tapestry portraying Cardinal John Henry Newman hangs from the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

The founding rector/president of Ireland’s only Catholic university, precursor of University College Dublin (UCD), John Henry Newman was canonised by (...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said there was “a need for the transformation of dimensions of Irish culture for the sake of mature pluralism”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish universities have “lost the dream” which Cardinal John Henry Newman had of “liberal education and of a liberal education for Catholics”, the Arc(...)

Cardinal John Henry Newman was a convert to Catholicism from the Church of England

Neither the Government nor University College Dublin are expected to be officially represented at the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Ro(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin taking part in the annual Way of The Cross  procession from the Wellington monument to the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park on Good Friday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin lamented the “harshness” of Irish Catholicism in the past while speaking at a ‘Way of the Cross’ event on Friday.(...)

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 greeting Mass goers in Dublin. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Major change is imminent in the leadership of the Catholic Church in Ireland as bishops in some of its most significant dioceses approach the mandator(...)

A spokeswoman for the Rotunda in Dublin said it would be providing abortions from the new year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The 162 doctors signed up to provide abortion services in the State will “be enough” to ensure that women do not have to go abroad to terminate a preg(...)

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy. Photograph: Arthur Ellis

A Catholic bishop has said this year was a time that many in the church felt “almost overwhelmed by what has been the most striking moment to date for(...)

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy: “We must do more to encourage those who have been abused in any way but have not already come forward, to report their abuse.” Photograph:  Arthur Ellis

Ireland and the Catholic Church must build a new relationship, where the church stands ready “at the service of the Irish people”, the Catholic Bishop(...)

 A changed Ireland: Pope Francis  listening to the speech of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: EPA/Vatican Press Office

The symbolism of the setting for the Taoiseach’s speech in Dublin Castle on Saturday bore down from above with a heavy weight. Beneath a ceiling pane(...)

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