Timothy Dolan

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New York firefighters and rescue workers carry fatally injured fire chaplain Fr Mychal Judge from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York on  September 11th, 2001. File photograph: Shannon Stapleton/CNS photo/Reuters

Moves have begun in the US to have Fr Mychal Judge, son of Leitrim emigrants and the first official victim of the 9/11 attacks in New York, canonised.(...)

Msgr Hugh Connolly, a fluent French speaker, has completed the usual 10-year term as president at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The president of the national seminary St Patrick’s College Maynooth, Msgr Hugh Connolly, has been appointed chaplain to the Irish College (Collège de(...)

Msgr Hugh Connolly’s period as president of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, has not been without incident

The Catholic bishop trustees of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, have advertised for a new president. The trustees are the four Catholic Archbishops in(...)

Democratic US presidential nominee Hillary Clinton looks at Republican nominee Donald Trump as he speaks during the Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York, on Thursday. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

For Donald Trump, there were more punches than punchlines at a traditional dinner “roast” for the US presidential candidates as his jokes about Hillar(...)

The Apparition at Knock in 1879 mosaic, by Irish artist PJ Lynch, depicts the apparition scene as described by the 15 official witnesses at Knock. Photograph: Michael Mc Laughlin

The most popular religious event of the year, which can attract more than 100,000 people, began at Knock shrine in Co Mayo at midday yesterday and co(...)

The controversy in Maynooth has not gone unnoticed in the Vatican, even if there is no official comment. Photograph: Giuseppe Ciccia/ Nurphoto via Getty Images

A week has passed since the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin went public over his concerns about the national seminary in Maynooth. He (...)

A nun looks on as pilgrims sleep at the Campus Misericordiae during World Youth Day in Brzegi near Krakow, Poland. Photograph: Agencja Gazeta/Kuba Ociepa

World Youth Day (WYD), an event instituted by St John Paul II as a regular gathering of young people, had about two million participants this year. In(...)

Pope Francis: Will reflect on much of what his bishops’ have had to say. Photograph: Getty Images

Friday is the day which many feel will define the papacy of Pope Francis. What he announces in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of(...)

New Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with his predecessor John Boehner: at 45, Mr Ryan is the youngest Speaker in 140 years. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan joked on Sunday that his first job as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives was to rid the smell of smoke fro(...)

South African cardinal Wilfred Napier, said a paper calling for greater inclusivity towards homosexuals had been published at last year’s synod without prior knowledge of many. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Senior conservative cardinals have complained that efforts are being made at the Synod of Bishops in Rome to guarantee liberal-sounding “pre-cooked” p(...)

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