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What Gay Byrne’s upbringing produced in him, particularly when younger, was a very strait-laced, uptight man, something he recognised humorously in later life

One of the great ironies about Gay Byrne is that, while so many believe he was the wedge which opened a narrow, insular Ireland to the wider world, he(...)

Campaigners take part in a march in Belfast city centre demanding same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The recent dismissal of a Dublin-based Presbyterian Church elder is the latest example of a particularly hard line taken by the church against same-se(...)

In a concluding address at the end of a four-day meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church Pope Francis said empirical explanations were not enough ‘faced with such cruelty, with so much idolatrous sacrifice of children to god power, money, pride’. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has issued a plea for the eradication of child abuse “from the face of the earth”. At the Vatican on Sunday morning he said: “I make a (...)

Pope Francis writes: “Growth in holiness is a journey in community, side by side with others.”

In these days of the Easter season, the readings at Mass are constantly reminding us of the important role that community plays in the life of the Chr(...)