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With the retirement of three priests there this year, eight of the 53 parishes in Kerry are now without a resident priest. Photograph: iStock

Decisions by bishops to do with a shortage of priests should involve the lay people directly affected, a senior member of the Association of Catholic (...)

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler meets with the Vatican ambassador. File photograph: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

“We behold with sorrow,” wrote Achille Ratti (the new Pope Pius XI) in 1922, “society lapsing back slowly but surely into a state of barbarism.” Despi(...)

Former Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady  turns 80 today. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Ireland would have no vote if there was a papal election tomorrow as the Catholic Church’s only Irish-based cardinal, former primate Cardinal Seán Bra(...)

Pope Francis has spoken of the pain suffered by innocent priests due to the Catholic Church’s ongoing clerical child sexual abuse crisis. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA.

Pope Francis has spoken of the pain suffered by innocent priests due to the Catholic Church’s ongoing clerical child sexual abuse crisis. “I have see(...)

Temporary gates at the North Circular Road entrance to the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

Historic gates of Dublin’s Phoenix Park, removed last year for the final Mass of the World Meeting of Families, have yet to be restored almost one yea(...)

 Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends a debate with French parliament members at the National Assembly in Paris last week. File photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Greta Thunberg is to sail across the Atlantic in a high-speed racing yacht next month to attend UN climate summits in the US and Chile. The journey w(...)

People on a shuttle bus to the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin Bus was paid €594,000 by the National Transport Authority last year to provide public transport services for the two-day visit of Pope Francis (...)

Lawyer, writer, and former first lady of the US, Michelle Obama.

Irish people admire Michelle Obama and David Attenborough the most, according to a new poll. World lightweight title holder Katie Taylor. (...)

Fr Router said he was ‘sharply aware’ that some people don’t share the ‘same positive experience of church that I have’. Photograph: iStock

Fr Michael Router was ordained as auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Armagh at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh city on Sunday. The archdiocese, (...)

An undated  photograph  of a poster appealing for information on the whereabouts of Emanuela Orlandi, who disapeared on June 22nd 1983. Photograph: EPA/STF

The disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican City employee, who vanished off a Rome street one summer day after attend(...)

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