As Catholics we have to recognise that Ireland is no longer a Catholic State for a Catholic people, where Catholic morality and doctrine is enshrined in the Constitution and in the civil and criminal law of the land.  Photograph: Getty Images

The forthcoming referendum will present me and other committed Catholics with a dilemma. Do I vote to retain the present constitutional ban on abortio(...)

Pope Paul VI in Sydney, Australia, to commemorate the bicentenary of Captain Cook’s discovery of the continent, during the official papal visit in 1970. Photograph: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images

The late pontiff Paul VI will be made a saint this year, Pope Francis has decided. Pope Paul VI led the Catholic Church in the 1960s and 1970s during(...)

Pope Paul VI began the practice of papal travel outside of Italy, and was successful in improving ecumenical relations with Protestant and Orthodox churches. Photograph: Getty Images

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints on Tuesday approved the second miracle needed for the canonisation of Blessed Pope Paul VI. The ca(...)

The Irish phrase in the ‘Our Father’ translates as “don’t allow us into temptation”, rather than the “lead us not into temptation” of the English version.  Photograph: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Pope Francis has called for the wording of the Lord’s Prayer to be changed because it implies God “induces temptation”. He said the wording of the pr(...)

Religious congregations are in decline, some terminally, due to their failure to attract new young people to their communities. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

I was struck by the throwaway remark by Tony Fahey on how religious sisters and brothers contributed to the wealth of their congregations through(...)

Marking the anniversary of 1916 outside the GPO: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has  said: “Michael D Higgins... has noted that the dominance of a sectarian ethos had negative effects on the realisation of the ideas of the Proclamation. That cannot be denied.” File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins was correct to say that bringing about the Ireland set out in the 1916 Proclamation was frustrated by Catholic sectarianis(...)

Tom Savage, who has died recently, was a prominent communications expert who served as chairman of the RTÉ Authority and previously as an adviser to A(...)

Children in  Malawi, Africa who lost their mother to Aids. Pope Paul VI wrote: “The development of peoples has the church’s close attention, particularly the development of those  striving to escape from hunger, misery, endemic diseases and ignorance.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Of all the many papal encyclicals down the ages, it is arguable that the document known as Populorum Progressio, issued by Pope Paul VI 50 years ago o(...)

 Cardinal Desmond Connell  had no truck with what he considered unqualified people speaking about religion. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In his marvellously acerbic memoir Against The Tide, published in 1986, former minister for health Dr Noël Browne describes an encounter with the Cath(...)

The grand procession in honor of the Fenian exiles, in New York, in February, 1871

This is a book of 10 essays, two of which were written specifically for this publication by Oliver P Rafferty, a Jesuit priest and professor of histor(...)

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