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Michael Brown: ‘You never switch off in this job but I love it’

The “Big Fella” peeps over Mick Browne’s shoulder – he has his back. Standing tall, the statuette of Michael Collins rests on a table behind the desk (...)

Sister Mary Leahy receives a community hero award for  provideing  care and support to seafarers at Sydney’s Port Botany for over 25 years

Five Irish-Australian women will receive awards at a ceremony in Sydney on Friday, including a Cork nun who is chaplain at Port Botany and the former (...)

Redemptorist Fr Tony Flannery. ‘The various levels of authority above me in the church’ would ‘happily leave me where I am. If I die suddenly, they will say ‘nice meaningless words’ over my coffin.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Vatican silencing of six Irish priests should be ended in preparation for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland next August, one of those priests has s(...)

“Young people these days...tend not to follow rules that they don’t see as valid or sensible. For the current youth generation, much of the church’s teaching in areas related to sexuality and reproduction is irrelevant and barely rouses their curiosity.” File photograph: Getty Images

Church teaching on sexuality and reproduction is “irrelevant and barely rouses” the curiosity of young people today, a conference ahead of the World M(...)

Cannes director Thierry Frémaux and president Pierre Lescure announce the selection. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images Images

Official selection Competition Everybody Knows (dir: Asghar Farhadi) – opening film At War (dir: Stéphane Brizé) Dogman (dir: Matteo Garrone)(...)

In a letter to Chilean bishops, Pope Francis  invited the abuse victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Pope Francis acknowledged on Wednesday that he had made “grave mistakes” in the handling of a sexual abuse crisis in Chile, saying he felt shame and i(...)

Fr Michael Cleary gives a warm-up address to the audience before Pope John Paul II celebrates a Young People’s Mass in Ballybrit, Galway, in October 1979.

During the last papal visit I went to see the pope in Galway. I hadn’t intended to, but I was a bit drunk. Myself and a friend emerged from a pub in B(...)

 Crowds attending  the Dublin Pride parade at  Smithfield Square last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

‘We are Family’ has been chosen as the theme for Dublin’s LGBTQ Pride festival in June. The decision was taken by organisers in response to “the exclu(...)

Catholic clergy arrive in a procession for Mass on Holy Thursday, ahead of Easter celebrations at Beijing’s government-sanctioned South Cathedral  last week. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images

As speculation grows about an imminent deal between the Vatican and Beijing to re-establish relations, Beijing insisted it has made real efforts towa(...)

Pope Francis: public address system and other tenders must be submitted by May 3rd, while his  visit is scheduled for August 25th and 26th.   Photograph: Alessandro di Meo

The Government is planning to spend €1.2 million on temporary public address systems, CCTV cameras and radio communications for the visit of Pope Fran(...)

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