Donal Mckeown

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Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland welcomed proposed laws which make it clear religious bodies cannot be compelled to be involved with same-sex marriages. File photograph: iStock

The five Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland have called for protections from charges of discrimination for members who refuse to officiate at same-s(...)

Way forward: Thoughts can became actions that change the world, in ways that appear small but are in fact unmeasurable. Photograph: Kieran Doherty

Grace is “a thought that changed the world”. So sang U2 in Grace, a track on their 2000 album All That You Can’t Leave Behind. It is an audacious clai(...)

Former Bishop of Raphoe, Bishop Séamus Hegarty was born in Kilcar, Co Donegal. He became Bishop of Derry in 1994 and retired due to ill-health in November 2011.  File photograph: David Sleator

Much of the person who the late Bishop Séamus Hegarty (79) was “ebbed away over the last eight years since he was forced to retire as Bishop of Derry”(...)

Former Bishop Séamus Hegarty who has died after a long illness. File image: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Former Bishop of Derry Dr Séamus Hegarty has died aged 79 after a long illness. A diocesan bishop for 30 years, he died on Friday in the Letterkenny (...)

Catholic Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown spoke to Vatican Radio. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The Catholic Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown has warned there would be “huge anger” over the implications of a no-deal Brexit for his cross-Border dioce(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin with anti-abortion activists at the Rally for Life in Dublin on July 6th. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Westminster has acted “in an unprecedented way” in its bid to introduce abortion in Northern Ireland, which will have “a devastating impact” on the ri(...)

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast is to close after 185 years.

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast, which trained priests mainly for the Down and Connor diocese, is to close after 185 years. From September next its(...)

The Bishop of Derry Dr Donal McKeown said marriage used to make a ‘hugely significant’ transition from the single to married life, but that transition had been devalued. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/ The Irish Times.

Marriage for many co-habitating couples has just become an excuse for a “great party”, a Catholic bishop has claimed. The Bishop of Derry Dr Donal M(...)

Christ Church on Infirmary Road in Derry

Church leaders and politicians in Derry have condemned vandals who broke into a Protestant church in the city and urinated and defecated inside it. (...)

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, the new Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, is greeted by Cardinal Sean Brady on Monday. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

The new papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo was greeted by former Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady on arrival at Dublin airport(...)

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