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Fred Deane, caretaker at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Standing before the impressive Neo-Romanesque doorway of St Ann’s Church of Ireland on Dublin’s Dawson Street, Fred Deane is handing out leaflets for (...)

“GK Chesterton was certainly no ascetic, enjoying cigars and alcohol as well as food. Unlike most saints, he was also happily married.”

The writer GK Chesterton was unusual for many reasons, ranging from his physical enormity – he stood 6 feet 4 and weighed more than 20 stone (130kg) –(...)

  Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry   speaks with Davidson head coach Bob McKillop prior to Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals  in Oakland, California. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

“I was shocked we were able to get him,” Bob McKillop says agreeably, recalling that strange thrilling moment when he – and probably he alone – unders(...)

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin with Pope Francis at the Vatican on  November 11th, 2016. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

A high-ranking French Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, was convicted on Thursday of failing to report allegations of sexual abuse in his d(...)

‘‘In the Closet of the Vatican’ may be less a constructive reckoning than a stockpile of ammunition for militant right-wing Catholics who already itch to conduct a witch-hunt for gay priests.’ Image: Ben Wiseman/The New York Times

Marvelling at the mysterious sanctum that his new book explores, French journalist Frédéric Martel writes that “even in San Francisco’s Castro” there (...)

The survey’s findings contrast with the accepted picture of gradual decline and aging congregations reported by the older, more traditional churches. Photograph: iStock

A new survey has identified more than 500 non-mainstream churches across Ireland. Of those, 58 per cent have grown in size over the last five years wh(...)

One well-placed source warned:  “Get Dublin wrong and Diarmuid Martin’s formidable legacy will be set at nought. And rapidly.” Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Speculation that the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin is about to step down has intensified following a recent interview, which observers felt re(...)

Carolyn Good: Undersubscribed schools do not, and cannot, discriminate. If there is space, there is space

Schools were taken by surprise on October 3rd when the then minister for education Richard Bruton commenced four parts of the the Education (Admission(...)

‘Curious and remarkable’: Detail of  Pietà by Elisabeth Frink, part of the Methodist Church collection of modern Christian art in Britain on show at the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery in Dublin until December 21st

“God is the sole and proper witness of himself. Meanwhile, since this brute stupidity gripped the whole world – to pant after visible figures of God, (...)

Rev John David Crowley in a church directory at Holy Angels parish. Crowley was named in a grand jury report that listed hundreds of Catholic priests in Pennsylvania accused of abusing children. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

The US justice department has opened an investigation into Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania accused of covering up sexual abuse for decades, a (...)

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