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Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of Synod of Bishops. Credit: Diocese of Gozo (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Cardinal Grech to Irish bishops: ‘A synodal process promises an ecclesial springtime’

Mar 4, 2021

Cardinal Mario Grech told Irish bishops that embarking on a “synodal process” could lead to an “ecclesial springtime.”  Read more

Irish High Cross at the Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Credit: Marie-Lise Van Wassenhove via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

How a former heroin addict unearthed a book of Irish martyrs

Feb 27, 2021

Damien Richardson rediscovered his faith and overcame addiction. Then he unearthed an extraordinary book about Ireland’s Catholic history...  Read more

Celtic Cross on the hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland.

As Lent begins, Irish bishop urges that political leaders be told worship is essential

Feb 17, 2021

The worship of God is ‘utterly essential’ and political leaders need to be told this, the Bishop of Raphoe wrote... Read more

Irish bishops decry bill to legalize euthanasia

Feb 13, 2021

By CNA Staff

Catholic leaders and human rights advocates have expressed concern over a bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in Ireland.  Read more

Amid complaints, Irish broadcaster again apologizes for blasphemous NYE sketch

Jan 11, 2021

After receiving thousands of complaints from citizens and vocal criticism from religious leaders, Ireland’s state broadcaster has apologized after a... Read more

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‘It places Christ at the center’: All-Ireland Primate’s rosary crusade against COVID-19

Oct 9, 2020

By Luke Coppen

The Primate of All Ireland has launched a nationwide Family Rosary Crusade, encouraging Catholics to pray the rosary daily in... Read more

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6,666 abortions performed in Ireland last year after repeal of pro-life law

Jun 30, 2020

A total of 6,666 abortions were performed in Ireland in the first year following the repeal of the country’s pro-life... Read more

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Ireland highlighted in State Department human trafficking report

Jun 26, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Ireland received its lowest rating ever by the U.S. State Department for its efforts to combat human trafficking, in the... Read more

Interior of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.

Irish churches exempted from 50 person limit during coronavirus reopening

Jun 26, 2020

Churches and other places of worship in Ireland will be permitted to open to more than 50 people, following a... Read more

Msgr Hugh O'Flaherty bronze memorial by Alan Ryan Hall, located on Mission Road, Kilarney, Ireland.

Ireland’s Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty, a Vatican ‘defender of the weak’

Mar 17, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Msgr. Hugh O’Flaherty, an Irish priest who hid Italian Jews from the Nazis and went on to baptize the former... Read more

Knock Shrine. Public domain.

Filmmakers point to Knock Shrine as a place of hope for Ireland

Feb 2, 2020

By Courtney Mares

As Ireland grapples with high rates of depression and suicide, Irish filmmakers point to the Knock Shrine as a place... Read more

Push for buffer zones in Ireland follows pro-life vigil outside Dublin hospital

Jan 2, 2020

By Matt Hadro

A pro-life rosary vigil on New Year’s Day outside Dublin’s National Maternity Hospital sparked calls by abortion supporters for “exclusion... Read more

Catholic Church discovered in Dublin archeology dig

Dec 5, 2019

Following the demolition of a Dublin building, archaeologists recently discovered the foundations a 300-year-old Catholic Church that was used during... Read more

First Communion.

Dublin archdiocese to shift sacrament prep from schools to parishes, families

Dec 4, 2019

Catholic sacramental preparation must change to stress the primary role of families and to reach students who do not go... Read more

Irish nuns’ transfer of hospital land criticized over abortion plans

Nov 26, 2019

A pending land transfer from a religious community to the Irish government for the construction of a new maternity hospital... Read more

Mosaic of the apparition of Our Lady of Knock.

Miraculous healing at Knock Shrine confirmed by Irish bishops

Sep 5, 2019

The Catholic Church in Ireland has for the first time recognized a miracle attached to the Knock Shrine, where a... Read more

A Catholic group wants to honor Ireland’s oldest grandparents

Aug 15, 2019

In anticipation of the Irish National Grandparents Pilgrimage, a Catholic group has launched a search for the oldest grandparents in... Read more

Apartment buildings in Dublin.

In Ireland, Catholic group warns of housing discrimination against migrants

Aug 15, 2019

A representative from an Irish Catholic charity has warned that discrimination against immigrants in the private housing market has forced... Read more

Archbishop Eamon Martin.

Amid rise in gang violence, Irish archbishop calls for new temperance movement

Jul 9, 2019

An archbishop in Northern Ireland has called for the reigniting of a “temperance movement” to address the problem of alcohol... Read more

Father Jude McKenna holds his Order of the Rising Sun award alongside Japan's Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, Mari Miyoshi.

Japan awards priest for promoting friendship in Africa through judo

Jul 8, 2019

A Capuchin Franciscan priest from Northern Ireland who spent 50 years on mission in Zambia has been awarded one of... Read more