Padre Pio

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Sandra Farrell and her son Ryan (23), who suffered a brain injury at the age of 19. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

After 19-year-old Ryan Farrell fell off a high railing, head first on to concrete, during a night out in Dublin city centre, his family were told ther(...)

The stigmata, corresponding to Christ’s crucifixion wounds, first appeared on Padre Pio  100 years ago in September 1918 and lasted until the end of his life. They didn’t deteriorate, nor did they heal and the blood was said to smell of perfume. Photograph:  Massimo Sambucetti

Padre Pio, priest, stigmatist, mystic and one of the world’s most popular saints, will be dead 50 years on Sunday, September 23rd. He has inspired ext(...)

Sacred Heart of Jesus by Vittorio Bianchini 1797-1880.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks it cannot have escaped your attention that Pope Francis is here, now, on an official v(...)

Mark Howell (39), Grenagh, Co Cork, pleaded guilty to charges of criminal damage and theft arising out of the Garda investigation into the desecration of two graves at St Mary’s Cemetery, Fern Hill, Clonakilty on August 8th, 2017. File photograph: Getty Images

A man has been jailed for what a judge described as “an unbelievably mean and despicable crime” where he desecrated and damaged two graves when steali(...)

Des Hanafin: as a Fianna Fáil senator he was a strong supporter of the eighth amendment to the Constitution banning abortion.

Des Hanafin was a relatively obscure politician but he had more impact on Irish life than many of the prominent politicians of his era. He was the po(...)

Anti-abortion demonstration: Then senator Des Hanafin with anti-abortion demonstrators outside the Dáil yesterday. Photograph: Joe St Leger

Former Fianna Fáil politician Des Hanafin who has died aged 86 had a profound influence on the shape of Ireland in the 1980s even though he never held(...)

Siobhán McSweeney and Shane Casey star in  Autumn Royal. Photograph: Darragh Kane

★★★★ Everyman, Cork A Babel tower of washing machines confronts the audience at Autumn Royal, Kevin Barry’s deliberately confined new play. The s(...)

 Leonard Cohen performs on stage at the Isle of Wight Festival on August 30th, 1970. Photograph: Tony Russell/Redferns

When I heard the news about Leonard Cohen this morning, I immediately sent texts to my friends Pam and Dani, telling them to send my condolences on to(...)

  Eileen Finnegan from Kilgarvan said she must be the only person in the country to thank the storm – after it washed up much-loved rosary beads which had been stolen from her car, along with a Padre Pio medal. Photograph: Luca Zennaro/EPA

Storm Desmond is being credited with the return of religious items including rosary beads to a woman in Co Kerry in a bizarre story in which a hunter (...)

Archbishop of Dublin John Charles McQuaid: at the end of the second Vatican Council, he said: “You may have been worried by talk of changes to come. Allow me to reassure you: no change will worry the tranquillity of your Christian lives.”

The second Vatican Council closed 50 years ago this year, having begun in October 1962. One of the major changes it ushered in was the saying of the M(...)

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