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Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said ‘we have witnessed during the shock of this pandemic a resurgence of some of the things that are central to human community.’ Photograph: Getty

Dublin’s two Archbishops have welcomed the lifting of Government pandemic restrictions that will see public worship resume in the Republic from Tuesda(...)

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin says that ‘while the Government seems to be showing an openness to move towards a modified Level 3, much will depend on what the situation is like at the beginning of December’. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Christmas 2020 will be “a very different Christmas to anything we have experienced” and “even with the promise of more rapid access to vaccines, there(...)

Online Masses from Knock during both lockdowns have been attracting worldwide audiences from as far apart as Ho Chi Minh City to Anchorage in Alaska. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Income at Knock shrine in Co Mayo has been “massively” down due to the Covid-19 pandemic and was now “just keeping going thanks to the generosity of (...)

Far and away the most popular drink among Irish teenagers is beer followed by cider.

Alcohol use among Irish 16-year-olds is below the average for 35 European countries, including 25 in the EU, as is cigarette smoking. However their fi(...)

The report was particularly critical of Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols who, it noted, had failed to ‘acknowledge any personal responsibility or show compassion for victims in the recent cases we examined’. File photograph: Getty

Two reports published on Tuesday, one by the Vatican and another in the UK, have further undermined the Catholic Church’s credibility in its handling (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘vital that everyone takes his or her responsibilities seriously’. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times

Restrictions on public worship can be justified “in situations of a sharp rise in the numbers contracting the [Covid-19<DD>)]virus” Catholic Arc(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The tragic plight of people who had partners die during the pandemic has been addressed on this All Souls Day by Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin.(...)

Minister for Education Norma Foley admitted that the timing of the withdrawal of sanitiser products for schools was ‘far from ideal’.

A revamped Covid-19 testing and tracing system for schools will be led by public health officials and supplemented by department staff, Minister for E(...)

 A lone worshipper in the Church of St Thérèse, Mount Merrion, Co Dublin. Churches remain open private prayer during Level 5 restrictions. File photograph: Bryan O Brien

There is to be no change to Level 5 restrictions on public worship, including the Mass, following a meeting between Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Catho(...)

Catherine Corless has expressed surprise that its report may not be published for sometime yet. File Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Catherine Corless, whose work in Tuam Co Galway led to the setting up of the Mother and Baby Home Commission, has expressed surprise that its report m(...)

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