Francis Duffy

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Members of the Healy-Rae family perform outside Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Outside Leinster House it was like the prelude to a boyband concert. A high-spirited crowd, dressed to the nines and giddy with excitement, held homem(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said there was “a need for the transformation of dimensions of Irish culture for the sake of mature pluralism”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish universities have “lost the dream” which Cardinal John Henry Newman had of “liberal education and of a liberal education for Catholics”, the Arc(...)

Cardinal John Henry Newman was a convert to Catholicism from the Church of England

Neither the Government nor University College Dublin are expected to be officially represented at the canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Ro(...)

Prof Gerry Whyte from TCD. Photograph: Alan Betson

Repealing the Eighth Amendment will not take the Republic back to the constitutional position on abortion that existed prior to its enactment in 1983,(...)

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(...)

Maynooth University. Vocations to the priesthood have undergone what the Association of Catholic Priests describes as a catastrophic decline in recent years. Photograph: Eric Luke

The lot of the Irish Catholic priest today is probably at its most difficult since Catholic Emancipation in 1829. Over recent months a series of regi(...)

By the time children baptised this year reach confirmation age our diocese will be a changed place with many parishes without a resident priest. Photograph: Istock

Since becoming Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois three-and-a-half years ago I have spent my time getting to know the diocese, its people, its parishes,(...)

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(...)

A smashed stained-glass window at St Michael’s church, Shroid, Co Longford. Photograph: Sinead Hussey/RTÉ

The theft of a tabernacle from a small church in Co Longford has been described by a bishop as an “act of desecration”. Thieves broke the stained-gla(...)

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(...)

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