# Church

This year
# bishop david o'connell
Murder investigation underway into shooting of Irish bishop in Los Angeles
The shooting of Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell, who was from Glanmire in Cork, is being investigated as a murder, police said.
# Valentine's Day
Irish couples blessed before the remains of St Valentine hear that marriage is 'like 3D glasses'
Bishop Nulty described the sacrament of marriage as “like 3D glasses”.
# euston
Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after drive-by shooting at London church
The 22-year-old man was arrested shortly before 4pm on Sunday.
# Terrorism
Bombing at church in Democratic Republic of Congo kills ten
The country’s communications ministry blamed the attack on a terrorist group linked to ISIS.
Last year
# new years message
Irish church leaders voice 'great concern for the state of our fragile peace' on the island
They were speaking in a new year’s message for 2023 which will mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
# Catholic Church
Pope removes entire leadership of Vatican-based Caritas charity
This comes after outside experts highlighted management and procedural “deficiencies”.
# Catholic Church
11 French bishops accused of sexual violence, senior church group says
All of the accused will face either prosecution or church disciplinary procedures.
# Service
Teenage victim named as Creeslough locals gathered for remembrance service
The service was attended by the Taoiseach and Tánaiste among other political figures.
# Church
Pope Francis apologises for ‘catastrophic’ school abuses in Canada
The pontiff said the forced assimilation of native peoples into Christian society destroyed their cultures.
# underutilised
Housing minister says 'scourge' of vacant sites across Ireland is underutilised
O’Brien said that he had written to the Archbishop of Dublin about buying unused church land.
# California
Doctor who died as he tackled gunman in church shooting is hailed a hero
Dr John Cheng was killed as he stopped a man shooting at worshippers in a Taiwanese church in California.
# US
Suspected gunman tied up by churchgoers after fatal shooting in California
Four others were critically injured in the incident, authorities said.
# Catholic Church
Ex-pope Benedict failed to act in four child abuse cases, report finds
The report analyses how abuse cases were dealt with in the archdiocese of Munich and Freising between 1945 and 2019.
All time
# France
Suspect in Nantes cathedral fire held over Catholic priest death
Father Olivier Maire, 60, was killed in the town of Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevre.
# Legal Action
How legal threats and the Ryan Commission's legacy impacted Mother and Baby Home inquiry
The potential legal action of survivors – which has become a reality in several cases – was seemingly not given the same consideration as legal action from religious orders.
The potential legal action of survivors was seemingly not given the same consideration as legal action from religious orders, Órla Ryan writes
The Ryan Commission into child abuse continues to impact how we treat survivors of institutional abuse, a human rights lawyer has argued
There is mounting pressure for the commissioners to appear before the Oireachtas
'Yet another blow to survivors': Women get few answers as Commissioner defends report
# Church
IRFU confirms one-year contract extension for Cian Healy
‘My drive for success at both Leinster and Ireland is as strong as ever. I’m loving my rugby as much now as I did at the very start of my career.’
# lent advice
'Take cold ashes from the fire grate': Varying approaches to Ash Wednesday in dioceses and parishes around Ireland
Some dioceses are handing out little packets of ashes that can be used at home.
# Carrigtwohill
Man (50s) charged with theft of church donation box in Co Cork
The man was due to appear in court this morning.
# Cardinal Vincent Nichols
UK Catholic Church leader says he won't resign over report into child sex abuse allegations
It found Cardinal Nichols “seemingly put the reputation of the church” above his duty to sex assault victims.
# mass gatherings
Church leaders unite to recommend wearing of face coverings during worship
The leaders of the Catholic Church, Church of Ireland, Presbyterians and Methodists issued a statement today.
# say a prayer
Archbishop criticises limit on numbers attending Mass while shops are 'brimming with people'
Churches and other places of worship will be reopened on 29 June.
# archbishop eamon martin
Calls for younger Catholic volunteers to help start Masses in churches again
Archbishop Eamon Martin said that the reopening of churches will happen “slowly and tentatively”.
# Paris
Notre-Dame square reopens for first time since devastating fire
President Emmanuel Macron reiterated last month his goal of restoring Notre-Dame to its former glory by 2024.
# Your Say
Poll: Should churches and other places of worship be allowed to reopen now?
Government guidelines advise that places of worship should not reopen until 20 July.
# Coronavirus
Parishioners urged to check if their Sunday mass is being streamed online as Church adheres to ban on gatherings
Church leaders said that masses would be cancelled in response to the public health crisis caused by coronavirus.
# Called Off
Bishops around the country have cancelled Mass for the coming three Sundays
Weddings, funerals and baptisms with fewer than 100 people will still go ahead.
# standards
'If you messed up in lineouts there was a death stare. That's the worst'
Paul O’Connell has returned to Ireland camp this week.
# Sexual Abuse
Two priests who sexually abused deaf children each sentenced to over 40 years in prison in Argentina
The victims were children and adolescents aged between four and 17.
# Skills
'I wasn't happy with how my lungs were burning' - Healy motivated for Samoa
The 32-year-old loosehead is enjoying his time in Japan with Ireland.
# Church
Coffee and sumo wrestling help Healy's World Cup preparations
The prop starts against Scotland on Sunday.
# Church
Healy looks forward to 'next chapter in journey' as he signs new IRFU contract
The Leinster prop has agreed a new two-year national contract.
# LGBT Rights
Mormon church to allow baptism for children of LGBT parents
The church added it wanted to “reduce the hate and contention so common today”.
# Ricardo Ezzati
Pope accepts resignation of Chile cardinal over sex abuse cases
Ricardo Ezzati, archbishop of Santiago, is the highest-ranking Catholic official in Chile.
# cardinal barbarin
Pope rejects resignation of French cardinal convicted of sex abuse cover-up
France’s highest-ranking Catholic official failed to report sex abuse by a priest.
# Recovered
Church thanks public for support after stolen head of 800-year-old mummy recovered by gardaí
Gardaí confirmed yesterday that they had recovered the head of the 800-year-old mummy.
# Church
Australian Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys
He has now become the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes.
# Josepha Madigan
Culture minister: 'Glass ceilings are being broken in many sectors - so why not in the Church?'
The event had to be rescheduled after complaints made to the original venue because of the minister’s role in the Repeal campaign.
# Church
'You're representing a lot of people when you play for Ireland and defeat hurts'
After a difficult week, Cian Healy is hungry to get Ireland back on track at Murrayfield.
# Pope
Pope admits that priests and bishops sexually abused nuns
His admission followed a rare outcry last week from the Vatican’s women’s magazine over the sexual abuse of nuns.
# Bull
'An absolute monster from day one' - Healy bounces back from the brink
The Ireland loosehead came close to retiring from rugby in 2015.