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St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare: twenty new seminarians are to begin studying there for the Catholic priesthood. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons

Twenty new seminarians are to begin studying for the Catholic priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, this year. At the end of September three o(...)

Sr Monica, Sr Jacinta, Sr Veronica and Sr Kelly Francis of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal with Fr Joe Campbell of St Mary’s parish, Drogheda. Photo: Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

The story of Christianity in Ireland appears to be coming full circle, at least in its Roman Catholic manifestation. Four nuns, three of them children(...)

John O’Shea former CEO of GOAL photographed at the funeral of Mr Justice Kevin Feeney at the Sacred Heart Church, Donnybrook, Dublin, today. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The four passions of Justice Kevin Feeney’s life “were family, friendship, work and sport,” recalled President of the High Court Justice Nicholas K(...)

The funeral Mass for Paddy (Patrick) Leneghan (88), father of former president Mary McAleese, takes place today. Photograph: Frank Miller

The funeral Mass for Paddy (Patrick) Leneghan (88), father of former president Mary McAleese, takes place at St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church(...)

Poll finds fewer than 60 per cent of students describe themselves as Catholic

A new poll has found that just 37.5 per cent of students who responded “state that they believe in God”, while 66 per cent “don’t believe that religio(...)

Telling the story: an Iraqi Kurdish child at Isikveren refugee camp, on the Turkish border with Iraq, in 1991. Photograph: Nabil Ismail/AFP/Getty

THE SALVATION OF TORY ISLAND 1981-1984 Gerry Moriarty Charlie Haughey, then leader of the opposition, looked up at me from under hoode(...)

Four nuns from the United States last night formally replaced the Sisters of Mercy at St Mary’s parish in Drogheda. The event was marked by a Mass in St Mary’s, concelebrated by the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan (above) and the Bishop of Meath, Michael Smith. Photograph:   John Moore/Getty Images)

Four nuns from the United States last night formally replaced the Sisters of Mercy at St Mary’s parish in Drogheda. The event was marked by a Mass in (...)

 Fr Iggy O Donovan:  “What I most detest in ecclesiastical life are those career-orientated clerics who denounce colleagues.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Augustinian priest Fr Iggy O’Donovan is taking time out. His term as prior in Drogheda has just come to an end and he had already told his superiors h(...)

The funeral of Ronnie Drew in  2008. One angry letter writer to The Irish Times was enraged “to see that Ronnie Drew had a ‘send-off’ like no other, complete with a congregational rendering of Weela Weela Wallia”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Guidelines to counter the “dumbing down” of Catholic funerals issued by the Bishop of Meath appear to contradict those from the Archdiocese of Dublin.(...)

Coadjutor Archbishop Eamon Martin: ‘It would hugely impoverish our faith if we were to compartmentalise it or exclude it completely from our conversations and actions in the public square.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Coadjutor Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh has asked “why shouldn’t a Catholic politician, or lawyer, or teacher, or person of any profession for th(...)

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