Martin Long

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His Holiness Pope Francis with President Michel D. Higgins and his wife Sabena at Áras An Uachtaráin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Catholic Church in Ireland is to hold a further national collection to help defray remaining costs from the World Meeting of Families (WMoF2018) a(...)

 Coombe hospital: the bishops have no say in any maternity hospital in the State. None are run by the church. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Agitation over the Catholic bishops Code of Ethical Standards for Healthcare in recent weeks was greatly exaggerated. Relevant healthcare facilities (...)

The vandalism at Errislannan Church of Ireland near Clifden. A GoFundMe online campaign has already raised over €20,000 towards repairs at the church.

The destruction at Holy Trinity Church on the remote Errislannan peninsula in Connemara last month was “definitely not sectarian”, its rector Canon St(...)

Financial support in Ireland for the clergy has always been voluntary, the Catholic Communications Office said.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (Hiqa) is aware that nursing home residents have been charged for religious services, but it has received(...)

A handful of students are turning up to weekly Masses held in some third-level colleges, new figures show. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A handful of students are turning up to weekly Masses held in some third-level colleges, new figures show. While colleges and universities spend abou(...)

Cardinal Desmond Connell leaving the press conference following the 2002 egm at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Photograph: Eric Luke

One of the most fraught confrontations between senior Catholic Church figures and the Irish media took place on April 8th, 2002. It was at a press con(...)

Pilgrims at the summit of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, on Sunday. The annual climb takes place every year on the last Sunday in July. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When high winds whisked the glass oratory off the tiny church on Croagh Patrick’s summit, John Cummins knew the mountain was in trouble. Cummins, who (...)

 Image from a media briefing at the conclusion of the Summer General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth on June 10th, 2015. Pictured is Archbishop of Armagh and president of the conference Eamon Martin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Catholic primate has indicated there is to be no change in the role of priests in the civil element of marriages despite the passage of the same-s(...)

The threat to end the role of Catholic priests in solemnising marriage if the same-sex referendum got through should be seen for what it was: a crude (...)

 Martin Long,  Catholic bishops’ spokesman, and Bishop Joseph Duffy: in April, Long said that if marriage were extended to same-sex couples, the church might no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic bishops are to gather in Maynooth this week for their summer meeting. It will be the first time they do so collectively since the same-se(...)

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