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# Catholicism

This year
Peter Flanagan: 'Confession was for sinners - why should I admit to something I didn't do?'
Writing from London, Peter Flanagan says that in England, religion is a lifestyle choice.
All time
Video showing Pope Francis trying to avoid having his ring kissed goes viral
Francis’ apparent reluctance to have his ring kissed has sparked a debate online, where the video has gone viral.
Opinion: 'Religion is facing a crisis in the West - but here's why it's thriving in Asia'
Barry Dunning lives in Indonesia and has seen how much of a role religion plays in people’s lives in Asia.
'Lead us not into temptation': Pope Francis wants the words to the Our Father changed
Pope Francis says the wording should be alerted to better reflect it wasn’t God who led humans into sin.
'Grandparents are the anchor of many families - but we don't always recognise that'
The Catholic Grandparents Association is holding its annual pilgrimage to Knock next month (and will feature a performance from Dana).
Orange Order asks Protestants not to use the term 'RIP'
The Orange Standard published an article calling the term “unbiblical” and “un-Protestant”.
Can't make it to Fatima? Why not 'rent-a-pilgrim' for €2,500
Portuguese native Carlos Gil is paid to take pilgrimages for people.
After threats it would be taken off air, millions of Spaniards tune in to Sunday Mass
A far-left party had tried to end the weekly broadcast.
Why do people get ashes on their head today?
And why don’t some eat meat?
Bishop apologises for alleged child abuse by former parish priest
Bishop Francis Duffy said the alleged crimes of Fr Brendan Hynds were “appalling.”
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”.
Pope Francis: 'If you're unstable, see a doctor - don't become a priest'
“I’m scared of rigid priests. I keep away from them. They bite!”
Meet the order of nuns who have been praying non-stop for 137 years
At 11 am on 1 August 1878, a group of Franciscan sisters began praying at a convent in Wisconsin. They’re still going.
Pope Francis roared laughing at a tiny baby pope and it was simply adorable
Hozier has been explaining to Gay Byrne why he thinks baptism is ridiculous
The veteran presenter also asked the singer if his generation was ‘cross and resentful’ about the Catholic church.
'It's not about the absence of something... but I look forward to sex eventually, I guess'
Two young people talk to about how they came to lead lives of chastity.
#GrowingUpCatholic hilariously summed up everything about having to go to mass
WHAT were you going to say in confession?
Mother Teresa is being made a saint next year
A date has reportedly been set for September 2016.
If the Catholic church doesn't urgently signal a change in attitude, I fear for its future
Representative of the church must meaningfully alter responses toward women, LGBT people, and those in second relationships, writes Fr Tony Flannery.
8 awkward moments you'll always have at mass
So much potential.
Poll: Do you agree with the Good Friday alcohol ban?
Or will you be having a tipple today?
Inside the 25-year fight to let Irish LGBT people march in New York on Paddy's Day
“In their eyes, we can’t be Irish and queer. We can only be one or the other.”
Pope Francis: All dogs do go to heaven
The Pope has said that heaven is “open to all of God’s creatures”.
"Schools are not data-processing centres": Irish bishops want 'balance' in discrimination debate
Aodhán Ó’Ríordáin has promised to amend Section 37.
Pope backs evolution theory, says 'God doesn't have a magic wand'
The pontiff said that the Big Bang theory is not inconsistent with Catholic teachings.
Vatican looks to reform church's stance on 'living in sin', marriage, and divorce
Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church must address the present gulf between what it currently says on these issues and what tens of millions of believers actually do.
Three Italian nuns found brutally murdered at Burundi convent
Pope Francis has offered his condolences after the horrific murders.
Here's what appeared to witnesses in Knock, 135 years ago today
“I threw myself to my knees…a hundred thousands thanks to God”
Thousands arriving in Knock today for annual Catholic pilgrimage
Knock Knock, who’s there? 150,000 people…
Column: 10 guiding principles for being a 'good Christian' online
Archbishop Eamon Martin has shared his thoughts on how to have a sense of humour and “be missionary” online.
Taoiseach in the Vatican for Canonisation of two popes
Enda Kenny is Ireland’s official representative at the Mass.
The whole of Ireland is preparing for a trip to the off-licence this evening
Or as we like to call it, THE HUNGER GAMES.
Column: Some etiquette for the modern-day First Holy Communion
Invited to a First Communion? Are you in a state of dread? Don’t worry. Let me guide you through the etiquette of the modern Big Day, writes Avril O’Reilly.
Students taped together by wrists in sex education talk by Catholic group
“We were told how ‘god loves sex’,” one student said. “However it was implied that is only after marriage.”
Pope Francis is auctioning off his Harley-Davidson
Yes, you read that right.
Eamon Dunphy: When I reported sexual deviancy to gardai, they did nothing
The veteran journalist has painted a bleak picture of life growing up in Drumcondra.
Lesus Christ? Vatican withdraws medals over misspelling
They probably should have let Lesus take the wheel on this one.
Polish Catholic Church vows "zero tolerance" to paedophiles
The Church says that it will not make any compensation offer to those who were abused.
Column: A lot of people miss the point of Lourdes – it's about faith but also about fun
Long-time Lourdes helper Lloyd Murphy writes about what the pilgrimage means to him – and to the pilgrims who visit the little French town each year in search of peace, companionship, and time to forget about illness.
Pope's deputy says celibacy is 'not a dogma of the Church'
The recently appointed Vatican Secretary of State said that the issue is a great challenge for the Pope.