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 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds, who married at the weekend, were both baptised Catholics as children and though the British prime minister was later confirmed as a member of the Church of England, canon lawyers say once you are baptised Catholic you remain a Catholic. File photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

One of Ireland’s leading canon lawyers has explained how a valid marriage in the Catholic Church’s tradition must meet three requirements. Rev Prof M(...)

 Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson in the garden of 10 Downing Street, London after their wedding on Saturday. Photograph:  Rebecca Fulton/10 Downing Street/AFP

British prime minister Boris Johnson was allowed marry Carrie Symonds, also Catholic, in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday as his two previous marriag(...)

The service is free and involves a network of counsellors in Ireland and abroad which provides essential therapy to those who have suffered such abuse. Photograph: iStock

Over the past 25 years the Catholic Church in Ireland has provided a counselling service for almost 7,000 survivors of institutional, clerical, and re(...)

The Ombudsman for Children’s Office accused Cork City Council of violating the human rights of children living at the Spring Lane site and detailed repeated failures by the authority to improve conditions there. File photograph

A report which found children were living in filthy and unsafe conditions on a Cork city halting site highlights “persistent discrimination and inerti(...)

The Al Ahli Hospital serves all the people of Gaza city regardless of their religion, gender, social or political backgrounds. Photograph: Church of Ireland

A fund raising appeal has been launched by the Church of Ireland archdiocese of Dublin and Glendalough for the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza city with whic(...)

Campaigner Adi Roche delivers a plea to the United Nations general assembly in New York on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, in 2016. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Adi Roche has been awarded the highest honour of the Belarusian Orthodox Church in recognition of her work on behalf of people affected there by the n(...)

The funeral of writer and academic Seamus Deane in the Victorian Chapel at Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harolds Cross, Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Seamus Deane loved Derry, his daughter Émer recalled at his funeral service on Monday, remembering the excitement of childhood family trips there at H(...)

‘We must continue to develop the digital capacity of our education system and to ensure that all schools are supported to achieve this.’ Photograph: iStock

The Department of Education has committed to creating greater diversity in the type of schools to be made available to parents and children in coming (...)

Donna-Marie Cullen: ‘It’s a situation that’s out of your hands.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

It is a case of so near and yet so far for PR and marketing executive Donna-Marie Cullen (36), who was in the very last stages of treatment for an agg(...)

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin  Dermot Farrell said the document ‘clearly states that any young person grappling with questions around their own gender identity or sexual orientation is be treated with the utmost care and respect.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A controversial new sex education document for Catholic primary schools is a “resource and not a programme”, Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell has s(...)

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