Pope France will sit among the people on a platform “about 2ft high”. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

As many as 2,000 performers, including a 1,000-strong choir, are to take part in the two-hour Festival of Families at Croke Park in Dublin on August 2(...)

Papal Cross in Phoenix Park: It took less than two weeks for tickets to the closing Mass of the pope’s six-day visit to be booked out, with 400,000 snapped up in the first 48 hours. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

All 500,000 tickets for the Mass that Pope Francis will celebrate in the Phoenix Park in Dublin on his visit next month have been taken up, the organi(...)

Michael Patrick’s My Left Nut

My Left Nut Bewley’s Café Theatre, Powerscourt Townhouse ★★★★ In Michael Patrick’s bittersweet comic solo performance, a young Belfast boy is h(...)

Marty Morrissey: chosen for his “positive outlook”. Photograph: Aidan Oliver Photography

One of the main speakers at the Knock annual novena next month will be RTÉ sports personality Marty Morrissey. A spokeswoman for the shrine said “we a(...)

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation: hosted ‘Milestones on a Journey of Hope’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leaders of the various faiths in Ireland have issued a joint plea for an end to violence in the Middle East. At a meeting this week in the Glencree (...)

Cardinal Seán Brady told the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry the scandal of Brendan Smyth’s paedophilia was “kept a secret – very, very secret”. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Retired Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady has said he was “truly sorry” for the “totally inadequate and ineffective” manner in which the church dea(...)

Bishop Christopher Jones and Fr Timothy Bartlett representing the Catholic Church at the  Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children last January. Bishop Jones described the 1992 Supreme Court judgment on the X case as “morally unacceptable”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So the Catholic bishops have spoken on the heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013, published by the Government last week. S(...)