Mary Magdalene

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Pope Francis  in Sweden, marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Photograph: EPA/Jonas Ekstroemer

A group representing lay Catholics in Ireland has called for women priests in the church, and for all its priests be allowed marry. They also “insis(...)

Pope Francis: has broken new ground by appointing two women to influential posts in the Vatican administration; as director of the Vatican museums and as deputy director of the Holy See’s press office. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Undoubtedly there will be disappointment among some Catholics at the words of Pope Francis last week that the church’s restriction on women priests is(...)

Yesterday, July 22nd, 2016, was the first Feast day of St Mary Magdalene. Here I doff my cap to those betters on this page whose space I tread on. I d(...)

A scene from The Passion Play in Ballylinan, Co Laois. Photograph: The Passion Play/Facebook

Passions have been running so high for Ballylinan’s Passion Play that an extra performance has been added on Thursday.This is the sixth time the peopl(...)

John Mulhare as Jesus Christ during  rehearsals for the passion play in Ballylinan, Co Laois. Photograph: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie

Jesus reads his lines on his daily commute from Laois to Dublin. Mary Magdalene’s day job is organising the National Ploughing Championships. And e(...)

Gradually and for a variety of reasons, the memory of Mary Magdalene changed in the Western church – Actors Pascal Lacey playing the part of Jesus Christ, Margaret Walshas Mary, Eva Mulhare as Mary Magdalene ,and William Byrne, as John the Apostle during the Ballylinan Passion Play on stage at St. Annes Community Hall Ballylinan in 2010. Photograph: Alan Betson

In a recent letter to The IrishTimes on the subject of mother-and-baby homes, Dr Mary Mullaney wrote: “I visited the chapel [of Seán Ross Abbey] where(...)

The 23rd annual stations of the cross pageant at St John the Baptist Church Clontarf Road. The Easter pagent is performerd by members of the Parish. Photograph: Alan Betson

One of the most striking images of the Easter story is a fresco by Fra Angelico in the Dominican Convent of San Marco in Florence. Entit(...)

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