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 Archbishop Eamon Martin: emphasised the importance of respecting and sustaining people’s spiritual wellbeing alongside their physical and mental health. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Catholic Primate, Archbishop Eamon Martin, has expressed concern about the “criminalising” of public worship and has called for the pastoral work (...)

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman has asked officials to advance proposals by the end of this month, after which he will meet church leaders to discuss the findings of the commission of investigation into the homes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government is working on the basis that it will need up to €1 billion to provide even “modest redress” to survivors of mother and baby homes as it(...)

Majella Connolly, who was born in St Patrick’s mother and baby home on the Navan Road, places a child’s shoe on a tree at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Tom Honan

A tense negotiation is in prospect as the Government seeks a significant financial contribution from Catholic and Church of Ireland leaders for a new (...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has appealed for a anyone with information about the so-called Disappeared in Northern Ireland to provide it (...)

Mary McAleese spoke of the document’s ‘unbearably vicious language which can only have brought more heartache to our gay children and to us their families’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former president Mary McAleese has criticised Pope Francis as a populist who raises expectations only to dash them, following a Vatican document publi(...)

‘For people of faith not to be free to worship until regulations return to Level 2, whilst many other restrictions are eased, is seen as particularly distressing and unjust,’ the archbishops said.

Catholic bishops are urging church members to lobby their TDs over Covid-related restrictions on Masses and funerals, saying limits on public worship (...)

 Eamon Martin the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland  has urged the Taoiseach  to consider increasing the number of bereaved allowed to attend funerals. Photograph: PA

A group representing Catholic priests has expressed misgivings at moves by the Church’s four Archbishops in Ireland to allow people “gather safely for(...)

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman says he can understand the ‘very real anger’ of the survivors unhappy about the destruction of the recordings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Transcripts of all testimonies given in confidence to the Mother and Baby Homes Commission will be handed over to the Minister for Children next week (...)

With Catholic priests unable to mark people’s foreheads with ashes this Wednesday to mark the beginning of Lent due to Covid-19 restrictions, one diocese is offering advice on how to do so at home. File photograph: iStock.

With Catholic priests unable to mark people’s foreheads with ashes this Wednesday to mark the beginning of Lent due to Covid-19 restrictions, one dioc(...)

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home in Galway. Like the Magdalene inquiry, the commission did not support a preferred narrative and this seems to be at the root of much of the criticism. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Three weeks ago today the report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission was published and this month marks the eighth anniversary of the publication (...)

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