The encyclical provoked a ferocious reaction among millions of practising Catholics.

Fifty years ago this week, former government minister Mary O’Rourke was a teacher in Athlone while studying for a H Dip in Maynooth as Pope Paul VI pu(...)

Pope Francis:  Lay involvement needs to be emphasised regarding all activities within church life. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

Like many people, I gave much thought as to how I would vote in the recent referendum on the Eighth Amendment and found myself swinging from one side (...)

To understand happenings of the past and why situations unfold in the manner they do requires an unbiased knowledge of history. Seeking accurac(...)