The number of people over 85 will have doubled in just over a decade

Number of those aged over 85 set to double

01 Sep A report by Social Justice Ireland says the number of people in Ireland aged over 85 will double in just over a decade, meaning greater demand for healthcare facilities and services.

The devotees gathered on Kamadgiri hill for Somvati Amavasya, a new moon event to honour Lord Shiva

Ten people die in stampede in India

25 Aug A stampede at a Hindu temple in central India has killed at least ten people and injured scores, the latest in a string of deadly accidents at mass religious events, officials said this afternoon.

The team will establish all of the factual circumstances and the chain of communication between different service providers

HSE publishes Terms of Reference in abortion case

22 Aug The HSE has published the Terms of Reference and the four members of the internal review team will examine the care of a young woman who had her pregnancy ended prematurely in controversial circumstances.

George Pell was handpicked by Pope Francis to be head of a new Vatican finance ministry

Top Vatican figure in row over abuse comments

22 Aug Australia's leading Catholic cleric George Pell, a top Vatican official, has come under fire after drawing an analogy between the church's response to child abuse and a trucking company.

Pope Francis leads the beatification ceremony of 124 Korean martyrs (depicted on screen during the mass

Pope beatifies South Korean martyrs

16 Aug Pope Francis has beatified 124 South Korean martyrs, who were killed in the 18th and 19th centuries for refusing to renounce Christianity.

Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi gave semtex explosives, guns and cash to the IRA

Libya violence halts visit by Irish delegation

17 Aug A group of Irish and British victims of Gaddafi-backed IRA bombing attacks have been forced to call off a planned delegation to Libya due to the worsening security situation there, RTÉ News has learned.

Pope Francis prayed for the re-unification of Korea during a youth rally

Pope urges Koreans to work for re-unification

15 Aug Pope Francis urged Koreans to pray and work for the re-unification of their divided peninsula, saying they should aim to reunite as one family "with no victors or vanquished".

Cardinal Seán Brady will turn 75 tomorrow

Brady tenders resignation ahead of 75th birthday

15 Aug The Catholic Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Seán Brady, has confirmed that he has offered his resignation as Archbishop of Armagh to Pope Francis ahead of his 75th birthday, which falls tomorrow.

Iraqi Christians who fled the violence in the village of Qaraqush

UNSC calls for international help for Iraq

07 Aug The UN Security Council has condemned recent attacks by Islamic State militants in Iraq and called for international support for the country after the 15-member body held an emergency meeting on the situation.