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Police under attack during the civil rights demonstration in the Bogside area of Derry city. Photograph: Express Newspapers/Getty

How the Troubles broke out. February 1967: The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) is founded as a non-sectarian organisation to tackle(...)

Just as, from a secular perspective, different cultures can enrich one another, so differing churches can do likewise. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), along with many other bilateral theological dialogues, is a fruit of the Second Vatican (...)

Pope Francis blesses a portrait of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Photograph: Vatican Media/EPA

In an era when fake news is everywhere and three journalists have been murdered in the EU within the past year, it is worth pondering that the recentl(...)

Mothers chatting at the entrance to a tenement building in Dublin, circa 1945. The contraceptive pill arrived in Ireland in 1963, however contraception was not legalised here until 1980 Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Redemptorist “How many children have you?” asked The big Redemptorist. “Six, Father.” “The last, When was it born?” “Ten months ago.” “I cannot a(...)

Tapestries of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador (left) and Pope Paul VI  hang from a balcony of the facade of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis on Sunday made saints of two of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century - murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Ro(...)

The stigmata, corresponding to Christ’s crucifixion wounds, first appeared on Padre Pio  100 years ago in September 1918 and lasted until the end of his life. They didn’t deteriorate, nor did they heal and the blood was said to smell of perfume. Photograph:  Massimo Sambucetti

Padre Pio, priest, stigmatist, mystic and one of the world’s most popular saints, will be dead 50 years on Sunday, September 23rd. He has inspired ext(...)

Pope John Paul II waves to cheering crowds from his Popemobile. Running behind schedule, his planned  stop on Séan McDermott Street never happened. Photograph:  Anwar Hussein/ Getty Images

Pope Francis is to visit Seán McDermott Street in Dublin’s city centre briefly on Saturday, August 25th. During his 1979 visit to Ireland, Pope John (...)

The encyclical provoked a ferocious reaction among millions of practising Catholics.

Fifty years ago this week, former government minister Mary O’Rourke was a teacher in Athlone while studying for a H Dip in Maynooth as Pope Paul VI pu(...)

Photo taken on January 1st, 1979, of Salvadoran archbishop Óscar Romero in El Salvador. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Salvadoran archbishop Óscar Romero, a champion of the poor who became a human rights icon in Latin America when he was killed by a right-wing death sq(...)

 St Peter’s in Rome:  grass roots faith practice  mirrors the early church when the first Judaic Christians started to draw together. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There is a small, quiet revolution taking place within the Catholic Church right now that is not likely to please some. However, it has interesting po(...)

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