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Church of Ireland Primate elect Richard Clarke photographed at the Glen Royal Hotel, Maynooth. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The irish Times.

Church leaders in Ireland have paid warm tribute to the late South African president Nelson Mandela. The Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Richard (...)

Archbishop Michael Jackson. In the forward to a new book, he and Archbishop Richard Clarke write that  “there is always an uneasy feeling that aggressive extremism will destroy far more than it can create”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The two Church of Ireland archbishops have warned against an “aggressive extremism” among members, advising that it is not the church’s way of doin(...)

Right Rev  Pat Storey after her ordination and consecration as Bishop of Meath & Kildare at Christ Church in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

The first woman bishop in the UK and Ireland has been consecrated by the Church of Ireland. Right Rev Pat Storey (53), former rector of St Augustine’(...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (centre) and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) attend the funeral of Father Alec Reid in  the Clonard Monastery in west Belfast today. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Hundreds of mourners from across Belfast have joined politicians and clergy of all denominations for the funeral of Fr Alec Reid, the quiet priest who(...)

The Rev Pat Storey has been elected Bishop of Meath and Kildare, the first woman bishop on these islands.

How to address her? “Your Grace”, seemed appropriate but that is reserved for archbishops, even if “grace” is hardly the first word that comes to mind(...)

The purpose of Christian education is to give to the children of parents who so wish it and understanding of what belonging to a Christian community means.

The purpose of Christian denominational education today is surely to give - to the children of parents who so wish - an understanding from a young age(...)

There is no reason to move away from an education system, which, certainly at primary level, operates with the approval of parents.

An air of weary defensiveness seems to permeate discussion among church people on the purpose and future of an educational system that is faith-based (...)

Church of Ireland Primate and Archbishop of Armagh Richard Clarke (above) joined Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn and Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland Michael Jackson for the opening of a €1.5 million 16-room extension to Wilson’s Hospital School at Multyfarnham near Mullingar yesterday. Photograph: Pacemaker/Arthur Allison.

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn officially opened a new €1.5 million 16-room extension to Wilson’s Hospital School in Co Westmeath yesterday.In 2(...)

An activist at  Whitehall near the junction with Downing Street yesterday during an event organised by the Stop the War Coalition to protest against  potential UK involvement in an  attack on Syria.  Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

If the United States attacks Syria, it will be the first time it strikes a country that is capable of waging retaliatory cyberspace attacks on US tar(...)

Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke stressed the need to speak “compassionately, intelligently and spiritually” on what he called end-of-life issues

The Church of Ireland primate has called on all Christians to confront those treating human life “not as a gift but as a commodity”. In h(...)

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