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Bishop Michael Burrows said: “I will be voting for Repeal because I believe, as I did in 1983, that the text of the Eighth is incorrigibly flawed.” Photograph: Dara McDónaill

A Church of Ireland bishop has said he will be voting for the removal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution in the May referendum. Bishop of C(...)

 Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, last year. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The two Church of Ireland Archbishops have said unrestricted access to abortion was not “an ethical position we can accept”. In a short statement, th(...)

Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson says unrestricted access to abortion in the first 12 weeks is “not an ethical position we can accept”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Church of Ireland’s two archbishops have said they cannot accept an Oireachtas Committee proposal to allow unrestricted abortion during the first (...)

The joint New Year message was from the Church of Ireland Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Richard Clarke, the Catholic Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin (above), Methodist Church president Rev Dr Laurence Graham, Bishop John McDowell, the President of the Irish Council of Churches and the Rt Rev Noble McNeely, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

The leaders of the Christian churches made no mention of the forthcoming abortion referendum in their traditional New Year message. The referendum i(...)

Pope Francis: urges faithful to see global migration as “an opportunity to build peace”.   Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Pope Francis has issued a stark warning against those who stoke fears over migrants, refugees or asylum seekers. “Many destination countries have seen(...)

‘The word ‘Christmas’ no longers conveys the significance of the God who joined the human caravan and walked in our shoes,’ Catholic priest says

The word Christmas “has lost all meaning for believers,” Oblate priest and psychologist Fr Desmond O’Donnell. “The word ‘Christmas’ no longers convey(...)

Patrick Rogers is challenged by Madeline Stringer and members of the Unitarian Church on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his theses to the Wittenberg church door in 1517, re-enacted  on St Stephen’s Green. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Although October 31st, 1517, is usually regarded as the starting point of the Protestant Reformation, with the nailing of the ninety-five theses to th(...)

Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin emphasised the need for reconciliation between Christian faiths  at the Church of Ireland St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Catholics and Protestants should “combine” their efforts in speaking out on key ethical issues, Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said. In(...)

“Humanity’s propensity for selfish hedonism is steadily reducing this planet to an environment unsustainable for life of any kind.” File photograph: Getty Images

It is a truism that we are living in a culture of adversarial anger. We most readily discover our identity not by establishing what we are, but in fin(...)

Ireland’s church leaders have appealed in an open letter to politicians involved in the Northern Ireland talks process ‘to go the extra mile’ to reach a deal. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire.

Ireland’s church leaders have appealed in an open letter to politicians involved in the Northern Ireland talks process “to go the extra mile” and reac(...)

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