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“Our influence for good in the world depends on the quality of our relationship with Jesus Christ, not the church we attend.” Photograph: Getty Images

The material for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which ends on Monday, was prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzer(...)

The  Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos), the mausoleum outside Madrid that held the remains of  Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. In 2019, the body  was moved to a private cemetery. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

On January 19th, in the southern town of Aguilar de la Frontera, a workman with an electric saw cut into the base of a tall stone cross outside a conv(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘Church-run institutions should be places where people experience the warm embrace of Jesus Christ, particularly vulnerable people, not harshness, judgementalism and disrespect.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

What happened in the mother and baby homes was “only one chapter in a shocking narrative that has gone on for some time”, the Catholic Archbishop of D(...)

The old dear pulls the trigger and there’s a dull crack.

The old man rings me and goes, “Kicker, do you have any idea what’s wrong with your mother?” I’m there, “I could work on a list for you over the week(...)

Archbishop-elect Dermot Farrell. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin’s Catholic archbishop-elect Dermot Farrell has said he would like to see women becoming deacons in the Church. He said the biggest barrier to (...)

  Archbishop-elect Dermot Farrell of Dublin believes Pope Francis has given Catholics ‘a great lead’ on homosexuality. Photograph: Alan Betson

With half of Dublin’s priests over 70 and due to retire within the next five years and congregations ageing and declining, the Archbishop-elect Dermot(...)

Illustration: Getty Images

It just has not felt like Christmas as we know it, with family gatherings restricted and homecomings cancelled. That television advertisement with a (...)

Workshop of Gerard David, Adoration of the Magi (detail), circa 1514. Oil on wood panel. Princeton University Art Museum

The Christmas story has always been impervious to anything as inconvenient of the facts of what actually happened. For millennia biblical scholars hav(...)

Not only did Martin Luther gift the world Protestantism, he also gave it the Christmas tree

So here it is, merry Christmas everybody’s having fu . . . um, a socially distanced and responsible time in small and sober groups from not more than (...)

   Ethel Sinclair (100), with care staff Cathy Lacey and Lauren Adams, who received the coronavirus vaccine at Bradley Manor care home in north Belfast.  Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA

Clergy in churches up and down the country worked hard to keep in touch with people during the recent lockdown. Online services and other forms of dis(...)

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