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The Archbishop of Dublin has advised Catholics against going around with ‘a funeral face’, a ‘sourpuss’ or ‘a grimace that would stop a clock’. Photograph: iStock

The Archbishop of Dublin has advised Catholics against going around with “a funeral face”, a “sourpuss” or “a grimace that would stop a clock”. “Our (...)

A spokesman for the Catholic bishops, said last week there was no centralised policy or approach to Communions and Confirmations. File photograph: Getty

The decision by some Catholic bishops to defy public health advice by allowing First Holy Communions and Confirmations to take place in their dioceses(...)

 The former deputy group news editor at Independent Newspapers Dave Halloran has died.

Popular newsman David Halloran (79) died suddenly on Sunday at Dublin’s St Vincent’s hospital following a fall at his home. The former deputy group(...)

  Belvedere College on Great Denmark Street in Dublin: the order said the late Fr Joseph Marmion, who died in 2000, abused boys while he was on the teaching staff in the 1970s. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Despite the credibility of the pupils’ allegations, the question of reporting the matter to the gardaí did not arise in any conversation at that ti(...)

The Jesuits said the sexual abuse of pupils at the Dublin school in the 1970s was a shameful chapter in the order’s history. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

Allegations that pupils were sexually abused by a Jesuit priest in Belvedere College in the 1970s were not properly investigated, or brought to the at(...)

Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary: “Religion as a countercultural force has today become marginalised.” Photograph: James Forde

The Irish media are “being managed to serve distorted and sometimes questionable ends, which are calculated to deprive us of our critical faculties”, (...)

Shaykh Umar al-Qadri, who led the Eid al-Adha event in Croke Park last year. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

For the second year in a row one of the major annual Muslim festivals, that of Eid al-Adha, will be celebrated in Croke Park. It takes place from 9am(...)

President Michael D Higgins inspecting the 27 Infantry Battalion at Collins Barracks, Dublin, during the National Day of Commemoration. Photograph: Tom Honan

It rained and rained, and the gulls shrieked throughout, both disturbing the solemnity to such a degree that when Dr Hemant Kumar intoned his pre-prep(...)

Parish Priest Fr Richard Gibbons said ‘once we can safely gather again at Knock Shrine, a full programme will be announced’. File photograph: Keith Heneghan

For the second year in a row the national novena at Knock Shrine, Co Mayo, is being postponed due to the pandemic. Parish Priest and Knock rector Fr(...)

Same-sex marriage is not approved of by any of the four major churches in Ireland.  Photograph: iStock

The Methodist Church in Ireland has reaffirmed its understanding of marriage as between a man and a woman following a decision on Wednesday by the Met(...)

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