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 (...)

Church leaders in attendance at the meeting included the Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Richard Clarke. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Leaders of Ireland’s main churches met the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney on Thursday as part of ongoing dialogue in relation(...)

The number of  Masses in the Catholic diocese of Clogher  will fall to 96 from next month. Photograph: iStock

The Catholic diocese of Clogher has announced it is to reduce the number of Masses by 15 per cent from next month due to the age and shortage of pries(...)

Pope Francis blesses a child at the end of his pastoral visit in Loppiano, central Italy. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The current referendum debate had generated its fair share of accusations and counter accusations of fake news, Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Mart(...)

St Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg Island. Photograph: David Sleator

A new prior has been appointed to the pilgrimage shrine of Lough Derg in Co Donegal. Fr Laurence (La) Flynn, currently parish priest of Ballybay, Co M(...)

The Catholic primate, Archbishop Eamon Martin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland, while urging people to vote in the June 8th Westminster general election, have warned of the potentially des(...)

Cheerful French troops on their way to the offensive in April 1917

Having suffered enormous casualties during the defence of Verdun and in the big offensives on the Somme, the political leaders and commanders of the A(...)

John Redmond MP,  portrait by  Henry Jones Thaddeus. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland.

In January 1917 John Redmond received a cable informing him of the sudden death, in New York, of his elder daughter, Esther, at the age of 32. It was (...)

British prime minister Herbert Henry Asquith: told the House of Commons that, since the outbreak of war, Britain had sustained 549,467 casualties. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

January 29th, 1916 The extraordinary rate of casualties for the British army in just 15 months of fighting was laid in front of the House of Common(...)

Leaflets of an anti-British character found: Countess Constance Markievicz in Irish Citizen Army uniform

January 28th, 1916 The House of Commons was told that a raid had been conducted on the home of Countess Markievicz on January 22nd under a warrant iss(...)