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Pope John Paul II holds the hand of Irish President Mary McAleese during their meeting in  2003 in the Vatican. File Photograph:  Arturo Mari-Vatican Pool/Getty Images

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said neither he nor his office were consulted by the Vatican prior to former President Mary McAleese being ba(...)

Pope Francis: LifeSiteNews has  accused Ireland’s Catholic bishops of “using Pope Francis’s teachings on marriage and family to promote homosexual couples as a new form of ‘family’.” Photograph: Getty Images

Five pictures featuring same-sex couples have been removed from a reissued booklet sent to Catholic parishes in preparation for the visit to Ireland n(...)

 Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy at a conference about safeguarding children in Limerick city. Photograph: Keith Wiseman

A Catholic bishop has said that ignorance about the effects of child abuse in the past compounded its harmful effects on the lives of many young and v(...)

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, the new Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, is greeted by Cardinal Sean Brady on Monday. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

The new papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo was greeted by former Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady on arrival at Dublin airport(...)

Caroline McDonagh, Sharon Collopy and Trish Kennedy after saying the lay-led Liturgy of the Word at St John’s Cathedral Limerick. Photograph: Brian Gavin/Press 22

About 150 lay people replaced priests on altars on Tuesday morning across the Catholic diocese of Limerick for the first time in its 900-year history.(...)

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy  confirmed that ‘there will be lay-led public prayers in Churches across the diocese on Tuesday morning.’ Photograph: Arthur Ellis

Masses will not be said at any church in the Diocese of Limerick next Tuesday, April 25th – the first time since Catholic Emancipation in 1829 that t(...)

Search team  members on the beach at Belmullet, Co Mayo, as efforts to locate missing the Coast Guard helicopter crew continue. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

High winds and a heavy Atlantic swell is hampering the continued search for the three airmen missing from Rescue 116, the Irish Coast Guard Dublin-bas(...)

An Irish coastguard helicopter near to Blacksod Lighthouse, Co Mayo where the search continues for debris from Rescue 116. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Bad weather is hampering the search for the Rescue 116 helicopter flight recorder in Atlantic waters close to the Blackrock lighthouse, 13 km west of (...)

Image of engineers using ground penetrating radar at the site of a mass grave of up to 800 children at the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam, County Galway. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

A Catholic bishop has told the Citizens’ Assembly that the revelations from Tuam made us “hang our heads in shame”. Bishop of Limerick Dr Brendan Le(...)

Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick (left) with  Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin. Bishop Leahy said falling Mass attendances and a shortage of priests could soon mean some churches in Limerick ‘will have Mass every second Sunday or one Sunday a month’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Falling Mass attendances and a shortage of priests could soon mean some churches in Limerick “will have Mass every second Sunday or one Sunday a month(...)

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