Dermot Farrell appointed Archbishop of Dublin

Pope Francis has named the Bishop of Ossory Dr Dermot Farrell as the new Archbishop of Dublin. The announcement came in a communique from the Vatican this morning (Tuesday). Dr Farrell (66) will succeed Archbishop Diarmuid Martin as the leader of the country’s largest diocese and is expected to be installed early in the New…

Church leaders welcome vaccine roll-out

The hierarchy has welcomed as “encouraging news” the fact that a number of vaccines for Covid-19 “are at an advanced stage of preparation and are likely to be available for use in the near future”. They have also called on Catholics to support the vaccination programme. In a statement the Irish bishops’ conference said that…

The temptation to re-shape the Church to suit ourselves

Ellen’s Coyne journey through faith could have been gripping – unfortunately it ended up confirming her pre-existing beliefs writes Michael Kelly I was 17-years-old in 1996 when then finance minister Ruairi Quinn referred to Ireland as what he described as a “post-Catholic, pluralist republic”. The comments provoked controversy at the time with many people asking whether…

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Public Masses to be permitted from Tuesday

The Government has decided to lift the controversial ban on people attending Mass and other religious services. Congregations will be permitted to gather for public worship from next Tuesday (December 1). The Cabinet met this afternoon (Friday) and approved a plan for the Republic to move to level three restrictions. Meanwhile, in the North people…