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Those at the launch heard that it was more than 25 years since the late Christine Buckley 'started what became a crusade that forced the truth out into the open'. File photograph: Charlie Collins

The Ryan report, published 10 years ago next Monday, “proved beyond doubt that children were treated like inmates in a prison and like slaves”, Minist(...)

Church of Ireland Primate  Archbishop Richard Clarke  delivered the presidential address at the opening session of the Church of Ireland General Synod which began in Derry on Thursday morning. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Populism is imperilling the very roots of democracy and if this does not frighten us, it should, the Church of Ireland Primate Archbishop Richard Clar(...)

Catholic pilgrims pray in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary near the Medjugorje church. Photograph: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has authorised pilgrimages to Medjugorje, which means such trips can now be officially organised by Catholic dioceses and parishes worldw(...)

Rev Charles McMullen (third from left), speaking to media with church leaders Rev Trevor Gribben (left), Rev Brian Anderson (second from left), Rev William Davison (third from right), Arch Bishop Eamon Martin (second from right), and Rev Richard Clarke (right), following a meeting with political leaders at Stormont. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire.

Ireland’s main church leaders have spoken of “a growing sense of hopelessness and even despair” at the political stalemate in Northern Ireland and cal(...)

Pope Francis is photographed  during a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters.

Irish Catholic priests have described as “a major disappointment” comments by Pope Francis indicating the church has no current plans to ordain women (...)

Christine Buckley and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at a ceremony in The Aislinn Centre in March 2009. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

On May 11th, 1999, former taoiseach Bertie Ahern apologised on behalf of the Irish people to those who had spent their childhoods in residential insti(...)

The late Christine  Buckley with Bertie Ahern: She had “a very clear view about the importance of the State’s responsibility and the apology.” Photograph: Charlie Collins

Looking back, former taoiseach Bertie Ahern remains convinced the apology he offered on May 10th, 1999, to those held in religious-run institutions wa(...)

The congregations have yet to pay in full compensation deals reached in 2002 and 2009. Photograph: Alan Betson

Eighteen religious congregations who ran orphanages, reformatories and industrial schools investigated by the Ryan Commission have yet to fully honour(...)

Members of Saoradh after they marched in Dublin on the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Rising: The State must stop legitimising 1916 retrospectively. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

It took the murder of Lyra McKee in Derry on April 18th to expose the moral bankruptcy, even blasphemy where Christians are concerned, that lies at th(...)

 Archbishop Eamon Martin: he said the shrine to St Oliver Plunkett “will honour all the martyrs of yesterday, today and tomorrow”

A motion calling on the Church of Ireland to write to the Department of Foreign Affairs asking it to place on a par with all other human rights issues(...)

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