Fr Brian Allen at the Franciscan Friary in Waterford city. Photograph: Patrick Browne

Nearly 800 years ago, Franciscan friars first came to Waterford when they were given land by a local noble, Hugh Purcell, whose family had been loyal (...)

Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell is appealing to his diocese to heed the ‘signs of the times’ as he warns the number of priests under the age of 75 will halve over the next decade. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A bishop is appealing to his diocese to heed the “signs of the times” as he warns the number of priests under the age of 75 will halve over the next d(...)

 Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell said  “once abortion was introduced it has proved extremely difficult to restrict”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Catholic Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell has said he has been told that abortion is worse than rape. “First of all rape is a violent act and it’s a (...)

Bishop Michael Burrows said: “I will be voting for Repeal because I believe, as I did in 1983, that the text of the Eighth is incorrigibly flawed.” Photograph: Dara McDónaill

A Church of Ireland bishop has said he will be voting for the removal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution in the May referendum. Bishop of C(...)

 Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, last year. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The two Church of Ireland Archbishops have said unrestricted access to abortion was not “an ethical position we can accept”. In a short statement, th(...)

Each Saturday on irishtimes.com/weddings we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)