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The report concludes that ‘clergy and lay faithful together are ready for change, maybe more so than some might expect’. Photograph: iStock

Almost half of the 312 priests in Dublin’s Catholic Archdiocese are more than 70 years old, with just two students preparing for priesthood. Catholic(...)

 Thalidomide survivor Maggie Woods lays a white rose outside the Dáil to mark the 60th anniversary of the international withdrawal of thalidomide in November 1961.  Photograph: Fran Veale/Julien Behal Photography

Irish thalidomide survivors protested on Thursday calling for a State apology on the 60th anniversary of international withdrawal of the drug. A signi(...)

  Rita Cahill  being comforted by friend Clodagh Ledwidge  outside the Dáil, where survivors of mother and baby homes gathered on Tuesday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The exclusion of adopted people who spent less than six months following birth in a mother and baby home from the Government’s redress scheme for surv(...)

Members  of the Pro Life Campaign  outside Leinster House in Dublin to launch a report which focuses on the Government’s three year review of the abortion law. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Anti-abortion campaigners have called on the Government to make changes to Ireland’s abortion laws, three years after they were introduced following t(...)

Currently there are 26 Catholic dioceses in Ireland for a population of approximately 4.5 million faithful on the island as a whole.  Photograph: iStock

One Catholic bishop is to be appointed to two west of Ireland dioceses following a Vatican decision that could mean further reductions of such bishops(...)

The Bishops of Ireland undertook a pilgrimage to the international Eucharistic and Marian Shrine in Knock, Co Mayo on Sunday for a Mass for those who have been bereaved during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph:  John Mc Elroy

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a “cruel time” for the dying and the bereaved in Ireland, Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said. The archb(...)

A 2013 photograph showing a woman kissing the ring of  Francis Duffy when he was ordained a bishop at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Athlone. File photograph: John McElroy

Bishop Francis Duffy (63), the former bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, has been appointed as the new Catholic Archbishop of Tuam. One of four Catho(...)

The site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home in Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A redress scheme for people who spent time in mother and baby homes is expected to be approved by the Government in the coming weeks, a spokesman for (...)

A Service of Light, acknowledging the impact of the pandemic in loss and bereavement, will also take place at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin next Sunday. Photograph: iStock

Ireland’s two main churches are planning major events for next Sunday, November 14th, to remember all who died on this island of Covid-19. The Vatica(...)

Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin: ‘At a personal and community level we are called to greater simplicity and sustainability in our families, workplaces, schools and universities.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

A culture of blame and despair regarding the future will achieve little where climate change is concerned, the Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Marti(...)

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