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# Religion

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Oklahoma passes law allowing adoption agencies deny children to LGBT families on religious grounds
It’s similar to laws in at least five other states.
Opinion: 'Religious instruction and worship should take place outside core school hours'
This proposal seeks to find a workable compromise between different belief groups at minimum cost, writes David Graham.
Devotees nail themselves to crosses at annual Good Friday ceremony in Philippines
The event is frowned upon by the Catholic Church.
Number of Roman Catholic marriages reducing but it's still the most popular type of ceremony
The average age of grooms in Ireland is 36, while the average age of brides is 34.
Vatican communications chief quits over row about letter written by retired pope
Monsignor Dario Vigano was accused of manipulating a private letter written by Benedict XVI about Pope Francis.
Retirement: 'For the first time in nearly forty years I could openly admit that I didn't believe in God'
Being an atheist principal and managing a Catholic school was a difficult balance to maintain, writes Peter Gunning.
Vast majority of people agree that Catholic Church is 'empire of misogyny'
Over 1,000 adults were polled about Mary McAleese’s comments.
Mary McAleese says her brother was 'seriously, physically, sadistically abused by Malachy Finnegan'
“My mother, almost 90 years of age, had to discover that from the Belfast Telegraph three weeks ago.”
Diarmuid Martin says Mary McAleese's criticism of the Church was 'brutally stark'
The former president has called on Pope Francis to address gender inequality in the Catholic Church.
'Male celibates advise the Pope on what women really want, that is ludicrous'
The former president said women aren’t ‘mysteries’ or ‘strawberries on the cake’, despite what popes have called them.
'I haven't taken a senior player' - Martin O'Neill upset with Michael for bringing religion into allegiance debate
The Republic of Ireland manager was responding to an interview his counterpart did earlier this week.
Mary McAleese says it's 'pure codology' that women can't become priests
The former president also called the Catholic Church an “empire of misogyny”.
Mass-goers told there is 'no obligation' to attend religious services today
The public has been told they can view mass online instead.
Tributes paid to influential US preacher Billy Graham who has died at age 99
He was the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history.
Atheist Ireland calls for bibles to be removed from referendum polling stations
The group calls the current system “discriminatory”.
Disgraced Boston cardinal at the centre of Spotlight case dies
Law had been sick and was recently hospitalised in Rome.
Government plans to scrap provision allowing church to appoint teachers and principals
Current criteria allows the Catholic church to appoint nuns, priests, monks and brothers as principals and teachers in schools.
Man loses case against Irish council's refusal to hold ceremony for Christians killed by IS
The man had claimed the council was discriminating against him on religious grounds by refusing to hold a wreath-laying ceremony.
Poll: Would you like to attend the Pope's mass in Ireland?
Pope Francis is set to visit the country next year.
Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar on high-stakes visit
He is expected to address claims of ethnic cleansing in the region.
The Pope had to tell bishops to put down their phones in mass today
Bishops love technology.
Stephen Fry says he was 'enchanted' to be caught up in blasphemy row
He described our “unworkable” blasphemy legislation as “a wonderfully Irish solution”.
Pope Francis has criticised Europe's low birth rates at a bishops' conference
In 2014 Pope Francis described the EU as a “grandmother, no longer fertile and vibrant”.
UK court rules that Islamic school's gender segregation is unlawful
The Al-Hijrah School argued that the segregation policy was one of the “defining characteristics” of the school.
At 88.6%, Offaly has the highest percentage of Catholics in Ireland
Ireland’s population of Roman Catholics has fallen since 2011.
Opinion: 'Debating religious ideas isn't inciting to hatred'
Introducing a blasphemy law in the 21st century has damaged our reputation internationally, writes Selina Campbell.
'Contempt for women reaches a new low': Trump administration rolls back free birth control access
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in response to the announcement.
Man who listed 'standing up against homosexuality' as achievement loses discrimination case
Mark Savage claimed he was told to remove the line from his CV.
Bishops have 'constructive' meeting with Varadkar and ministers
The agenda for the meeting included the Eighth Amendment and the possibility of a visit to Ireland by Pope Francis.
Three days of mourning in Madeira after falling tree kills 13 people
Dozens more were injured, some seriously.
'It happened in the middle of mass': 12 killed and 50 injured by falling tree at religious Portuguese festival
A 200-year-old oak tree fell on people gathered outside a church.
'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).
'The priests are all old men now, and so are we': Heartbreak at Limerick's last male-only Mass
Members are disappointed that there was no vote before the decision was made to end the 150-year-old service.
Dublin bakery's refusal to make anti-gay marriage cake 'was not discrimination'
Concern from Catholics, but gluten-free communion host IS available in Ireland
A new statement from the Vatican had some people confused.
Opinion: 'Leo is right to welcome people who have socially conservative views'
Pushing Christians whose politics are shaped by their religious convictions to the periphery is wrong and dumb, writes Larry Donnelly.
Huge growth in numbers attending Irish Christian conference for 'anyone who loves Jesus'
A ‘miracle night’ was held by Ireland4Jesus as part of events in Dublin last weekend.
'You can only do a funeral once, and you have to do it right': The story behind
We speak to one of the siblings behind the death notice website.
Poll: Should the Angelus be scrapped?
Some people think it’s not appropriate in modern Ireland.
'It was clear that public opinion influenced the Sisters of Charity's decision'
But who now owns the National Maternity Hospital? The government still needs to clarify its position.