Brendan Leahy

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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(...)

  Pope Francis is greeted on arrival at Dublin Castle by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Julien Behal

The time has come to build a “new” and “more mature” relationship between the Catholic Church and the Irish State - “a new covenant for the 21st centu(...)

 Pope Francis, who is due to arrive in Ireland on Saturday for a two-day visit. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Clerical sex abuse survivors have criticised an open letter from Pope Francis, in which he apologises to victims and says “no effort will be spared to(...)

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy  said to acknowledge with gratitude the good can never eclipse recognition of sin, criminality and evil. File photograph: Arthur Ellis

The visit of Pope Francis to Ireland is a pivotal moment for the church to acknowledge its past, good and bad, the Catholic Bishop of Limerick has sai(...)

The Irish Episcopal Commission has warned students who opt out of religion will receive an unfair advantage if they are allowed to take extra classes in examinable subjects. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty

Catholics bishops have called on the Minister for Education to withdraw a directive which allows students who opt out of religious instruction in Stat(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin: “We have elevated the right to personal choice above the fundamental right to life itself”

Ireland has “obliterated” the right to life of the unborn, and now stands on the brink of bringing in a liberal abortion regime, the Catholic primate (...)

Pope Francis:  organisers of the World Meeting of Families have removed his inclusive language on the family and LGBTI+ pictures from their pamphlets, and deleted references to gay families by a bishop in the catechesis. Photograph: Angelo Carconi

Earlier this month, when asked about separation between the Catholic Church and State, the Taoiseach said “I do believe in that separation, it can’t b(...)

Pope Francis blesses a child during the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The World Meeting of Families has denied a suggestion from a bishop that people will have to pay to see Pope Francis in Croke Park in August. Th(...)

Bishop Brendan Leahy said any conversation around the upcoming referendum ‘is not easy for people’. File photograph: Arthur Ellis

The possible repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is a “pivotal moment for our society and how we cherish life in this country”, Catholi(...)

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