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Bishop Brendan Leahy said any conversation around the upcoming referendum ‘is not easy for people’. File photograph: Arthur Ellis

The possible repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is a “pivotal moment for our society and how we cherish life in this country”, Catholi(...)

In a Word . . . women

When were women discovered? We know America was discovered in 1492, Australia in 1770, but there is no date for when women were discovered. Ther(...)

All our major churches are ageing and in decline.

The churches run 96 per cent of our primary schools and approximately 50 per cent at secondary level, yet the fastest growing cohort in the Irish popu(...)

Bishop Paul Tighe: has been appointed secretary to the Council for Culture in the Vatican

Irish cleric Bishop Paul Tighe has been appointed secretary to the Council for Culture, one of the more senior posts at the Vatican. He moved to the(...)

Shankill Castle is said to be haunted internally by the ghost of Peter Aylward since around 1708. The Cope family have made a virtue of it through its annual Scarefest event

It’s the time of year when subscribers to the supernatural believe that the veil dividing our world from that of the spirit domain is at its thinnest.(...)

‘Varadkar has decided that the time has come to take  on Sinn Féin.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

When the Taoiseach accused Mary Lou McDonald of resembling Marine Le Pen because she always returns to a script, it may not have been the finest hour (...)

Pope Francis smiles as he talks to journalists during a press conference on September 11. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AFP/Getty

The missal used at Masses may be given a more user-friendly re-write by Ireland’s Catholic bishops after a ruling by Pope Francis. The decision by th(...)

 Bishop Mary Bridget Meehan celebrates Mass.

Five women who believe they have a vocation to the Catholic priesthood have contacted a US delegation visiting Ireland this month to recruit female p(...)

Lawyer Ulrich Weber presents his report into  Regensburger Domspatzen boy’s choir where at least 547 boys fell victim to sexual and physical abuse. Photograph:  DPA/AFP/Getty Images

Teachers at one of Germany’s most famous Roman Catholic choir schools physically or sexually abused 547 pupils between 1945 and 2015, an independent r(...)

A Vatican directive states: ‘Low-gluten hosts (partially gluten-free) are valid matter, provided they contain a sufficient amount of gluten to obtain the confection of bread without the addition of foreign materials and without the use of procedures that would alter the nature of bread.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The unleavened bread that Catholics use in the celebration of communion must contain some gluten, even if only a trace amount, according to a new Vati(...)

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