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Marty Morrissey:  “I was honoured and delighted to be asked, not least as I’m no Holy Joe. Or Holy Marty.”

When RTÉ sports personality Marty Morrissey received a phone call inviting him to address the throngs of people attending the annual novena at Knock S(...)

Marty Morrissey: chosen for his “positive outlook”. Photograph: Aidan Oliver Photography

One of the main speakers at the Knock annual novena next month will be RTÉ sports personality Marty Morrissey. A spokeswoman for the shrine said “we a(...)

 US cardinal Seán O’Malley (left) president of  Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors is encouraging bishops, priests and religious superiors to be in contact with sex abuse victims.  Photograph: Henry Wills

Two of America’s leading Catholic child protection advocates have strongly opposed suggestions by the church that care of laicised priests convicted (...)

Paul Rowe of Educate Together: says there  have been unexpected hold-ups due to “real estate” problems, including that many schools earmarked for transfer were owned by religious trusts or foundations

Plans to divest primary schools from the Catholic Church to other patrons are being hindered by unexpected legal complications, including an absence (...)

Archbishop of Dublin, Most Rev Michael Jackson: sectarianism  ‘insufficiently explored  in the Republic’. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

There was a little of Lady Macbeth in the reaction of some in the Church of Ireland to Archbishop Michael Jackson’s recent observations on sectarianis(...)

 The Rev Pat Storey, rector of St Augustine’s in Derry, who has been elected  as the new Bishop of Meath and Kildare

The appointment of the Church of Ireland’s first woman bishop has brought “more disharmony and disorder into God’s church,” a theologically conservati(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (above) and Archbishop Michael Jackson will lead the ecumenical walk through Dublin tomorrow evening, beginning with a prayer service in Christ Church Cathedral at 7pm, after which the archbishops will jointly carry the cross to the Pro-Cathedral on Marlborough Street. Photograph: John McElroy

The Catholic and Church of Ireland Archbishops of Dublin will lead an ecumenical walk through the streets of Dublin tomorrow, Good Friday, even(...)