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Catholic Church documents on the handing on of the faith declare unambiguously that it is the primary responsibility of the parents and the family.   Photograph: Getty Images

In 1990, on a visit to Sweden, I met a religious sister, a member of the Dominican congregation. I was surprised to learn that they had no Catholic sc(...)

“I’d wonder why I found what I was doing so satisfying. What was the evolutionary purpose of dancing?” Photograph: Getty Images

In my early-to-middle, middle years, I loved to dance. Freeform, slightly inebriated dancing, to popular tunes by such inspired marvels as Talking Hea(...)

First year post grad student Brian Redmond at Trinity College Dublin main square as students return to campus. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Government on Monday decided that all counties will join Donegal and Dublin in Level 3 of the Living with Covid strategy for the next three weeks (...)

Sr Irene Gibson, a Carmelite nun of the Holy Face of Jesus, is  pictured leaving Skibbereen District Court with Sr Annemarie Loeman on Tuesday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision.

A nun has been given nine months to find a new place to live and worship after a judge accepted she had made a genuine effort to dismantle a hermitage(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin  said churches would remain closed ‘except for private prayer, weddings and funerals’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dublin’s religious are closing their doors this weekend, reluctantly but accepting “it has to be done”. In messages to their clergy on Friday the Cat(...)

Nursing homes are being asked to reduce the number of visitors to one nominated visitor per resident. File photograph: The Irish Times

New visiting restrictions are being introduced in nursing homes in Dublin for the next three weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus cases due to h(...)

BP has bought US offshore wind assets from Norway’s Equinor. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

Oil giant BP, which announced a seismic strategy shift last month, made its first venture into offshore wind power with a $1.1 billion (€928 million) (...)

Church collections were ‘the main-stay of parish life’ and restrictions imposed due to the pandemic were having a drastic effect on these, he said. File photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

The Catholic Church in Ireland is facing huge financial uncertainty due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and this was now becoming a threat to its ver(...)

US senator Ed Markey raises hands with his wife, Susan Blumenthal, after speaking at a primary election night event at Malden Public Library on September 1st, 2020 in Malden, Massachusetts. Photograph: Allison Dinner/Getty Images

Senator Ed Markey staved off a Democratic primary challenge from Joe Kennedy III on Tuesday, the first time a member of the Kennedy family has lost a (...)

A man wounded by the recent explosion at Beirut port  takes a picture with the newly-appointed prime minister of Lebanon, Mustapha Adib,  in Beirut’s  Gemmayzeh neighbourhood on Monday. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Mustapha Adib has been appointed Lebanon’s prime minister to head a new government tasked with tackling a crippling economic crisis and steering Beiru(...)

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