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Bishop Michael Duignan extends a warm welcome to a Ukrainian family at Galway Cathedral. Photograph: Sean Feeney

History was made in Galway on Sunday afternoon with the installation of Catholic Bishop of Clonfert Michael Duignan as Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh a(...)

Archbishop-elect Francis Duffy gets an elbow bump from Charles Ward as he waits to enter the Cathedral of the Assumption in Tuam for his Installation Ceremony as Archbishop of Tuam. Photograph:  Andy Newman

The new Catholic Archbishop of Tuam Francis Duffy has promised to listen to all who have been treated harshly by the Church. Reflecting on the Churc(...)

A 2013 photograph showing a woman kissing the ring of  Francis Duffy when he was ordained a bishop at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Athlone. File photograph: John McElroy

Bishop Francis Duffy (63), the former bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, has been appointed as the new Catholic Archbishop of Tuam. One of four Catho(...)

Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam: ‘[We] are living in a very different era. What the future will be like; who knows?’ Photograph: Joe O’Saughnessy

The number of active priests in Tuam’s Catholic archdiocese has more than halved over the past 25 years, while it has just two men training for the pr(...)

John Cooney covered the annual Croagh Patrick climb in  his last assignment as a professional journalist. Photograph: iStock

At first they sounded like defiant Covid-19 street revellers enjoying alcohol loudly in public, but as they turned the corner into the vicinity o(...)

First Holy Communion celebrants at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 2019. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More Catholic bishops have given the go-ahead for First Holy Communions and Confirmations to take place later this month. However, Bishop Denis Nulty(...)

The annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will take place on four days of every week in July. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick, cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will take place on four days of every week in J(...)

‘For people of faith not to be free to worship until regulations return to Level 2, whilst many other restrictions are eased, is seen as particularly distressing and unjust,’ the archbishops said.

Catholic bishops are urging church members to lobby their TDs over Covid-related restrictions on Masses and funerals, saying limits on public worship (...)

 Eamon Martin the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland  has urged the Taoiseach  to consider increasing the number of bereaved allowed to attend funerals. Photograph: PA

A group representing Catholic priests has expressed misgivings at moves by the Church’s four Archbishops in Ireland to allow people “gather safely for(...)

Carmel Larkin, a survivor of the Tuam mother and baby home, with a letter of apology from the Bon Secour order, at a shrine erected in memory of children buried at the site of the former home. Photograph: Paul Faith/Getty Images

The Bon Secours sisters, who ran the mother and baby home at Tuam, yesterday yesterday offered “profound apologies” and acknowledged that children wer(...)

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