Religion

You may have thought Irish jokes had been consigned to the unpleasant past, writes Suzanne Harrington.

Lúcia de Jesus dos Santos and Francisco and Jacinta de Jesus Marto, who saw 'visions' of the Virgin Mary in 1917.

Children who had ‘visions’ at Fatima to be canonised

Pope to make pilgrimage to the Portuguese town for the centenary of the Virgin Mary’s ‘apparition’, writes Barry Hatton.

Wall of separation between Church and State is far from being built

The separation of Church and State is easier to advocate than practise, as the National Maternity Hospital controversy shows, says TP O’Mahony

Society can only be impoverished if faith excluded from public discourse: Bishop Eamon Martin

Archbishop Eamon Martin delivered a lecture at the University of East Anglia in Norwich yesterday evening on the theme ‘The Church in the Public Sphere – a perspective from Ireland’. Here is an extended extract from his speech.

Eamon Martin: Faith is one human possibility among others

Ireland is moving rapidly from a society in which it was “virtually impossible not to believe in God” to one in which faith “is one human possibility among others”.

Fr Mark Patrick Hederman: Church ‘will die without evolution’

The Catholic Church has 10 years to “get its act together” or it will become little more than a museum piece, according to the former abbot of Glenstal Abbey.

Health Minister Simon Harris backs call for vote on blasphemy

Ireland’s blasphemy laws are embarrassing and should be removed through a constitutional referendum, according to Health Minister Simon Harris.

Blasphemy: From being burned at the stake in 1328 to a €25,000 fine in 2017

Ireland is the only western democracy to have introduced a blasphemy law in the 21st century.

Blasphemy legislation: Highlighting a bizarre statute

Irrespective of whether the complaint that writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry might have committed blasphemy during his 2015 appearance on the RTÉ show The Meaning of Life With Gay Byrne is contrived or not, it shows that the Defamation Act 2009 is ridiculous. 

TDs add period of silence to prayer

Proposals to scrap the Dáil daily prayer have been voted down by TDs.