A survey  reveals a strong demand for parents and local parishes to play a much greater role in preparing children for sacraments. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is unique in its dependence on schools in preparing for the sacraments. And, as any primary school teacher will tell you, preparation for Comm(...)

There is a strong demand for parents and local parishes to play a much greater role in preparing children for sacraments, according to the findings of a survey by the Archdiocese of Dublin. Photograph: Getty

Catholic schools want key preparations for sacraments such as Confirmation and Communion to take place outside the classroom, according to the finding(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin looks on as President Michael D Higgins signs a book of condolence for victims of the Sri Lanka bombings in the Pro-Cathedral. Photograph:  John McElroy

A Mass for victims of last week’s bombings in Sri Lanka heard of the risk of “increased militarisation” in the country and of a “destructive narrative(...)

Diarmuid Martin (74), who has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome. “One thing I would not want is that there would be a vacuum or that there would be a prolonged period of speculation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, turned 74 on April 8th. He has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome, a(...)

‘Anybody who has a concern for Northern Ireland, for the people of Northern Ireland, for the future of Northern Ireland, whether it’s in or out of Brexit, should be working to ensure this type of violence doesn’t re-emerge,’ Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The murder of Lyra McKee in Derry on Thursday night calls for “clear, courageous and unfailing leadership,” Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid has(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin taking part in the annual Way of The Cross  procession from the Wellington monument to the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park on Good Friday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin lamented the “harshness” of Irish Catholicism in the past while speaking at a ‘Way of the Cross’ event on Friday.(...)

 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘What went wrong to give rise to a situation in which children within the church of Jesus Christ were not cared for with scrupulous dignity, whether in life or in death?’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he is profoundly distressed at the findings of fifth interim report of the Mother and Baby (...)

President Michael D Higgins lauded the Society of St Vincent de Paul’s ‘exceptional network of solidarity’ with poorer people at its anniversary event in the Convention Centre Dublin. Photograph: Iain White/Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins has praised the work of the Society of St Vincent de Paul which he described as an “exceptional network of solidarity” wit(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says there were ‘hundreds’ of paedophiles in the Irish Catholic Church. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former president Mary McAleese has said the recent decades of clerical abuse scandals have shown how “careless” the Catholic Church is of human rights(...)

Laura Mulvey, whose daughter attends Scoil an Duinnínigh, in Co Dublin, is frustrated by unclear answers about the divestment process. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Outside the gates of Catholic national schools in the affluent suburbs of Malahide and Portmarnock this week, there was only one topic of conversation(...)

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