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A congregation in the parish of Loughrea in Co Galway has been urged to pray for children to choose a vocation in the priesthood. Photograph: iStock

Parents should put aside time each day to pray for their children to choose a vocation in the priesthood, the parish of Loughrea in Co Galway has hear(...)

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Michael Duignan of the Diocese of Elphin as the Bishop of Clonfert, following the resignation of Bishop John Kirby.  Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Michael Duignan of the Diocese of Elphin as the Bishop of Clonfert, following the resignation of Bishop John Kirby. Ar(...)

 US president Donald Trump speaks during the “Salute to America” Fourth of July event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump boasted that the US is “stronger today than it ever was before” as he delivered a long Independence Day speech that praised (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin greets Pope Francis at his arrival at Dublin airport last August. Photograph: Maxwells

Major change at Catholic Church leadership level in Ireland is imminent as almost a third of the 26 dioceses on the island are scheduled to have new b(...)

‘The law and the teaching of the Church have always found a way, with compassion, to deal with the hard cases’

The issue facing voters on May 25th is whether they want to remove protection for the unborn child from the constitution, paving the way for unrestric(...)

The ordination last month of Dermot Farrell as Bishop of Ossory. Nine episcopal vacancies will by next year need to be filled. Photograph: John McElroy

Usually, talk in the Catholic Church about staff shortages centres on country parishes having to consider closing churches, cutting down on the number(...)

Bishop John Kirby: ‘more respectful’ system needed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Direct provision should be replaced with a “more respectful system’’ for migrants, the Catholic Bishop of Clonfert Dr John Kirby has said. “Pope Fran(...)

Former bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey at a papal youth Mass in Galway when Pope John Paul II visited in 1979. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The remains of the former bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey will be received at Galway’s Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St Nicholas at 7pm (...)

The remains of Cardinal Desmond Connell are received at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Irish ecumenical history was made on Thursday night when the remains of Cardinal Desmond Connell were received at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, by (...)

Secretary of State John Kerry is threatening to cut off all contacts with Moscow over Syria, unless Russian and Syrian government attacks on Aleppo end. Photograph: Jason DeCrow/AP

Obama administration officials are considering tougher responses to the Russian-backed Syrian government assault on Aleppo, including military option(...)

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