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From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis says he may consider allowing married men to become priests Shortage

Pope Francis says he may consider allowing married men to become priests

Many in the Roman Catholic Church believe a new path to ordination should be opened.

From TheJournal.ie Catholic bishop: 'We hang our heads in shame' over Tuam mass grave Tuam Babies

Catholic bishop: 'We hang our heads in shame' over Tuam mass grave

Bishop Brendan Leahy was challenged by a woman at today’s Citizens’ Assembly.

From TheJournal.ie Abuse survivor Marie Collins resigns from Vatican commission Resistant To Change

Abuse survivor Marie Collins resigns from Vatican commission

Collins said that some members of the Vatican hierarchy were unwilling to make changes.

From The42 'It was a different game back when I started' - Healy eyes Ireland opening Gospel

'It was a different game back when I started' - Healy eyes Ireland opening

The 29-year-old loosehead gets his starting chance at Stadio Olimpico today.

From TheJournal.ie Huge Finglas church to close its doors Falling Attendance

Huge Finglas church to close its doors

The Church of the Annunciation will be demolished to make way for a much smaller church.

From TheJournal.ie 'The Church is in a state of utter collapse': Irish priests at odds with Vatican speak out Catholic Church

'The Church is in a state of utter collapse': Irish priests at odds with Vatican speak out

Fr Tony Flannery and Fr Sean McDonagh have sharply criticised how the Vatican treats clergy and, in particular, women.

From TheJournal.ie 'Unspeakable cruelty and vicious abuse' - historical abuse inquiry releases damning report Northern Ireland

'Unspeakable cruelty and vicious abuse' - historical abuse inquiry releases damning report

The greatest number of complaints relate to four Catholic-run homes in the North.

From TheJournal.ie 'Go straight to hell': Victims' families confront mass murderer Dylann Roof Death Penalty

'Go straight to hell': Victims' families confront mass murderer Dylann Roof

Some shouted at him, while others offered forgiveness for the mass shooting in South Carolina in 2015.

From TheJournal.ie Breakdown: The 10 most valuable properties the Catholic Church handed over after Ryan Report Abuse

Breakdown: The 10 most valuable properties the Catholic Church handed over after Ryan Report

Religious orders still owe almost €15 million to a fund for abuse survivors.

16 things that would happen if the Nativity was set in modern-day Dublin

What happened after Mary and Joseph locked eyes over a curry chip in Supermacs?

From TheJournal.ie 160 killed after church roof collapsed onto worshippers Nigeria

160 killed after church roof collapsed onto worshippers

The church was still under construction when metal girders crashed and the corrugated iron roof caved in.

From TheJournal.ie Catholic Church claims some unborn babies are 'spoken of as if they were as good as dead' Viability

Catholic Church claims some unborn babies are 'spoken of as if they were as good as dead'

The claim was made in a submission to the Citizens’ Assembly.

From TheJournal.ie Priests are now allowed forgive women who have abortions Forgiveness

Priests are now allowed forgive women who have abortions

The Pope yesterday called abortion a “horrendous crime”.

From TheJournal.ie Italian priest claims deadly earthquakes are "divine punishment" for gay unions Vengeful God

Italian priest claims deadly earthquakes are "divine punishment" for gay unions

The Vatican has rebuked the controversial Father Giovanni Cavalcoli for his comments.

From TheJournal.ie Vatican tells Catholics not to scatter ashes of the dead Sacred Places Only

Vatican tells Catholics not to scatter ashes of the dead

German cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller advised people today to store them in places approved by the Church.

From The42 'I don't see why he can't be back to that level. He's an extraordinary athlete' Prop Life

'I don't see why he can't be back to that level. He's an extraordinary athlete'

Leinster scrum coach John Fogarty believes Cian Healy can return to former heights.

From TheJournal.ie A pastor who wants to 'cure' gay people is visiting Kilkenny - and the mayor isn't a bit happy Patrick O'neill

A pastor who wants to 'cure' gay people is visiting Kilkenny - and the mayor isn't a bit happy

A local LGBT group are to protest against the visit of ‘Uncle’ Angus Buchan, who was previously prevented from speaking at an event in Scotland.

From TheJournal.ie Pope sends special message of condolence for funeral of Bishop Edward Daly Derry

Pope sends special message of condolence for funeral of Bishop Edward Daly

Daly famously waved a white flag while trying to aid the wounded on Bloody Sunday.

From TheJournal.ie 'Senseless hate crime': Second arson attack on Belfast church condemned Investigation

'Senseless hate crime': Second arson attack on Belfast church condemned

The Presbyterian church on Saintfield Road sustained considerable damage.

From TheJournal.ie US prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against this man South Carolina Shootings

US prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against this man

Dylann Roof is accused of killing nine people at a church in Charleston last June.

From TheJournal.ie Police launch investigation after attempted arson attack on church

Police launch investigation after attempted arson attack on church

The incident happened between 11pm and 11.30pm yesterday evening.

From TheJournal.ie 'What is your religion?' People are being urged to think hard about that come census night

'What is your religion?' People are being urged to think hard about that come census night

The Humanists Association of Ireland want people to consider how they really feel.

From The42 New contract will keep Cian Healy in Ireland until after the 2019 World Cup Church

New contract will keep Cian Healy in Ireland until after the 2019 World Cup

The loosehead’s three-year central contract will take him beyond his 30th birthday.

From TheJournal.ie The Pope was not impressed that someone nearly pulled him down Il Papa Don't Reach

The Pope was not impressed that someone nearly pulled him down

The Pope is on a visit to Mexico.

From TheJournal.ie What did God do before the world was made? The Pope has given an answer Almighty Question

What did God do before the world was made? The Pope has given an answer

It’s part of a children’s book the Pontiff has written.

From TheJournal.ie The New York Times has put the spotlight on having to baptise a child to get them into school Catholic Church
From TheJournal.ie Jewish extremists vandalise church where Virgin Mary is said to have died Radical Messages

Jewish extremists vandalise church where Virgin Mary is said to have died

The graffiti included threats of violence, messages degrading Jesus and a call for Christians to “go to hell”.

This town built a church shaped like a shoe to attract female worshippers

Someone’s been watching too much Sex and the City.

From TheJournal.ie At least 231 children abused at Catholic boys' choir run by Pope Benedict's brother Regensburger Domspatzen

At least 231 children abused at Catholic boys' choir run by Pope Benedict's brother

George Ratzinger, Benedict’s older brother, ran the famous Regensburg choir from 1964 to 1994.

From The42 Ongoing disciplinary wranglings 'compromising' Leinster preparations Absentee

Ongoing disciplinary wranglings 'compromising' Leinster preparations

The saga surrounding the prop’s yellow card in mid-December should reach a conclusion today.

From TheJournal.ie 'Sometimes you’d despair for humanity. And sometimes you’d be wrong' Opinion

'Sometimes you’d despair for humanity. And sometimes you’d be wrong'

This story about a young girl shows there are kind people out there, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

From TheJournal.ie German church holds Star Wars themed mass to attract more young people The Force Awakens

German church holds Star Wars themed mass to attract more young people

About 500 people heeded the call and attended the service, some carrying lightsaber props or wearing Darth Vader masks.

From The42 Leinster announce decision to appeal Cian Healy's two-week suspension Church

Leinster announce decision to appeal Cian Healy's two-week suspension

The province feel due process was not followed in Healy’s disciplinary hearing.

From TheJournal.ie Verdict for former priest who abused young boys comes with mixed feelings Opinion

Verdict for former priest who abused young boys comes with mixed feelings

Henry Moloney, a former Spiritan priest, has been sentenced to four years in prison, with the final year suspended, for the indecent assault of a schoolboy.

From TheJournal.ie The Archbishop of Dublin says parents who don't want their kids to do religion have a point Religion Lessons

The Archbishop of Dublin says parents who don't want their kids to do religion have a point

But he says Catholic education is “not poison”.

From TheJournal.ie Masked man bursts into church armed with sawn-off shotgun Dublin

Masked man bursts into church armed with sawn-off shotgun

A number of valuables were stolen during the incident.

From TheJournal.ie Final appeal by man ejected from priesthood over abuse claims rejected Dan Duane

Final appeal by man ejected from priesthood over abuse claims rejected

Bishop William Crean confirmed that the appeal by former priest Dan Duane has been rejected.

From TheJournal.ie Seven charged with murdering teenager in secretive church "confession" beating Word Of Life

Seven charged with murdering teenager in secretive church "confession" beating

19-year-old Lucas Leonard was trying to leave the “Word of Life” church in New York, when he was beaten to death over six hours.

From TheJournal.ie 'Our Father' ad banned - because it might offend non-Christians and atheists Uk Cinemas

'Our Father' ad banned - because it might offend non-Christians and atheists

The Church of England had booked the ad to play before Star Wars.

From TheJournal.ie Archbishop reveals concerns about recent cases of possible abuse by priests Catholic Church

Archbishop reveals concerns about recent cases of possible abuse by priests

Archbishop Eamon Martin said he has dealt with three or four situations in the last year.