Irish Cardinal Desmond Connell, the retired archbishop of Dublin, died Feb. 21 at the age of 90.
An estimated 800 people turned out in the priest's home village of Killimordaly in County Galway Jan. 22 to support Flannery, who had been forbidden to minister publicly since 2012.
Vatican City -- According to bishops at the meeting, the Irish bishops and Pope Francis discussed: the ministry of a bishop, clerical sexual abuse, women in the church, new ways to engage young people, the changing status of the church in society, Catholic schools and methods for handing on the faith,
Pope Francis meets with Irish bishops Jan. 20: Telling the bishops of Ireland that he wanted to hear their questions, concerns and even criticisms, Pope Francis spent almost two hours in conversation with them. In the continuing evolution of the "ad limina" visits bishops are required to make to the Vatican, Pope Francis met Jan. 20 with 26 Irish bishops and set aside a practice that began with Pope Benedict XVI: writing a speech to the group, but handing the text to them instead of reading it.
Take and Read: My original encounter with Rabindranath Tagore was too simple, but it was also wrong to allow the miracle of that 1912 Gitanjali to slip away entirely.
Calling the Philippines' current situation "grave," Fr. Shay Cullen acknowledges the dangers of speaking out, but says, "We have to stand by the principles we declare we believe in."
Fr. Brendan Hoban, co-founder of the Association of Catholic Priests, describes how Ireland's elderly diocesan priests are living increasingly isolated, lonely lives.
Irish priests: There is increasing pressure for the priests to continue working beyond the normal retirement age of 75 because there are not enough ordained clerics coming through the seminaries to replace them.
Camosy's Column: Sr. Simone Campbell believes that, unlike her political opponents who don't care about protecting and supporting people after birth, she has "a consistent ethic of life."
NCR Today: Censured Passionist Fr. Brian D'Arcy suggested that women who endured clergy sex abuse could have been saved if the abuse had been reported earlier.