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Former president Mary McAleese  will take part in a public conversation with renowned American Benedictine nun Sr Joan Chittister at Trinity College Dublin in November. File photograph: Naoise Culhane

Former president Mary McAleese is to be presented with one of the most prestigious prizes in the Catholic world for her 500,000-word doctoral thesis o(...)

Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran has asked if we have lost sight of the fact that many of our own people have been and still are strangers and sojourners’ in foreign lands. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

A Catholic bishop has warned against “disturbing signs of racial prejudice” in Ireland and said the direct provision system “contributes to the deepen(...)

Pope Francis lights a candle at the Knock Shrine in Co Mayo last year. It is 140 years today since 15 local people said they  saw an apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John the Evangelist, and a lamb in the village. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/AFP/Getty Images.

It was very wet that evening in Knock on August 21st, 1879, 140 years ago today, when 15 local people saw the apparition of Mary, St Joseph, St John t(...)

With the retirement of three priests there this year, eight of the 53 parishes in Kerry are now without a resident priest. Photograph: iStock

Decisions by bishops to do with a shortage of priests should involve the lay people directly affected, a senior member of the Association of Catholic (...)

Former Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady  turns 80 today. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Ireland would have no vote if there was a papal election tomorrow as the Catholic Church’s only Irish-based cardinal, former primate Cardinal Seán Bra(...)

Catholic Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown spoke to Vatican Radio. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The Catholic Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown has warned there would be “huge anger” over the implications of a no-deal Brexit for his cross-Border dioce(...)

Pope Francis has spoken of the pain suffered by innocent priests due to the Catholic Church’s ongoing clerical child sexual abuse crisis. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA.

Pope Francis has spoken of the pain suffered by innocent priests due to the Catholic Church’s ongoing clerical child sexual abuse crisis. “I have see(...)

Mary Hewson, Dundrum, at St Theresea’s Church in Clarendon St, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan for The Irish Times

“I am sorry for the young people. Where do they go? Thinking back when we had problems, then you offloaded them. You did a novena and you were expecti(...)

A majority of the over 50s reported religion as important to them. Photograph: iStock

Regular attendance at religious services is associated with lower depressive symptoms in older Irish people, a new study has found. Such religious at(...)

Fred Deane, caretaker at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Standing before the impressive Neo-Romanesque doorway of St Ann’s Church of Ireland on Dublin’s Dawson Street, Fred Deane is handing out leaflets for (...)

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