Labour MP Stella Creasy is to table an amendment to the NI (Executive Formation) Bill seeking to extend access to abortion to Northern Ireland. File photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire

A Catholic bishop in Northern Ireland has called on people there to contact their MPs “urgently” to oppose an attempt in the House of Commons on Monda(...)

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(...)

Rev Harold Good walks in front of Dr Maurice Hayes’s coffin as its carried from St Patrick’s Church, Downpatrick, Co Down. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Amanda Ferguson in Downpatrick Former senator Dr Maurice Hayes has been remembered as “diamond standard” and a “stalwart man of Down” who believed in(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said he would no longer send seminarians to Maynooth because of ‘strange goings-on’ at the college. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fourteen of the 26 Catholic diocesan bishops in Ireland have so far indicated they will continue to send seminarians to Maynooth, with some saying the(...)

Fr John McManus has been restored to ministry by the church more than three years after the Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service decided he had(...)

Northern Ireland’s First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson (second right) with (from left)  Dr Nicola Brady, research co-ordinator, Council For Justice and Peace;  Bishop Noel Treanor; Deirdre O’Rawe, regional director of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service NI; the DUP’s Paul Givan MLA and the DUP’s Jonathan Bell during a meeting on February 24th, 2015,  to discuss the Freedom of Conscience Amendment Bill. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Press Eye/PA Wire

The Catholic Church in Northern Ireland has met representatives of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Belfast to discuss legislation which will al(...)

 Ian Elliott:  it was untrue of the board to say he had not responded to its correspondence. “We have been in communication through our respective lawyers.” Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

The Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog, its National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSC), has said i(...)

 Drag Queen Peachy Queen poses from the back of a bus, and prepares to march in the St Patrick’s day parade on behalf of all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people for the first time today in  Sydney, Australia. Photograph:   Don Arnold/Getty Images

After last year’s scorching weather for Sydney’s St Patrick’s Day parade - held on the closest Sunday to March 17th - this year a beautiful autumn (...)

Bishop Noel Treanor: A statement from the bishops’ meeting made no reference to the dispute involving former board chief executive Ian Elliott and Bishop  Treanor of Down and Connor over the review of that diocese, published last December Photograph: McQuillan/ Pacemaker

The Catholic bishops have reaffirmed “their full commitment to the continuing implementation and development of best practice in rela(...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (centre) and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) attend the funeral of Father Alec Reid in  the Clonard Monastery in west Belfast today. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Hundreds of mourners from across Belfast have joined politicians and clergy of all denominations for the funeral of Fr Alec Reid, the quiet priest who(...)

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