The watchdog said the religious congregations' support for complainants continues to be inconsistent

Congregations response to victims 'inconsistent'

23 Oct The Catholic Church child protection watchdog has found that eight religious congregations often failed to contact directly people making child sexual abuse allegations against priests, brothers and nuns.

Some clergy have expressed concern over the document

Clergy 'perplexed' over Vatican document

16 Oct A number of Catholic cardinals and bishops attending a synod on the Catholic Family have said they are "perplexed" by this week's conciliatory discussion document on breaches of church doctrine.

President Higgins said the international response to current international crises has been inadequate

Policies must ensure 'respect for migrants'

13 Oct President Michael D Higgins has said that Ireland's migration policies must confront the challenge of ensuring respect for the migrant and the vulnerability of those who are displaced.

Cardinal Burke says the Synod's new position invokes principles which are not defined

Cardinal concerned by new Church stance

14 Oct A leading conservative member of the Vatican has said advancing positions softening the Church's language on gays, contraception and remarriage cannot be accepted by bishops in attendance at the Synod.

The court left intact lower-court rulings that struck down bans

US Supreme Court rejects gay marriage challenges

06 Oct The US Supreme Court has declined to take up the contentious issue of gay marriage, a surprise move that will allow gay men and women to marry in five states where same-sex weddings were previously banned.

About 200 cardinals and senior bishops as well as 50 others are attending the gathering

Pope opens synod on family and marriage

05 Oct Pope Francis has appealed to participants in an Extraordinary Synod on the Catholic family - not to discuss beautiful and clever ideas - or to compete to see who is more intelligent.

The event was organised by parents and relatives of the users of St Christopher's centre

Protest over disability services in Longford

03 Oct Up to 3,000 people have attended a protest in Longford over the lack of funding for services provided by St Christopher's Services to people with disabilities and special needs.

Some bishops have learned first-hand from residents about the living conditions in direct provision centres

Bishops critical of direct provision system

01 Oct Thirty of the country's bishops have criticised the conditions endured by asylum seekers in Ireland's direct provision centres. The clerics made the comments in a statement following the Irish Bishops' Conference.

A cruise liner came to the rescue of the overloaded trawler carrying migrants

Migrants refuse to get off liner in Cyprus

25 Sep More than 300 mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner on Thursday refused to disembark in Cyprus's southern port of Limassol and are demanding instead to be taken to Italy, the cruise company has said.

People had been protesting for the past ten days

Protest at Cork asylum centre ends

24 Sep A ten-day protest at the Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre in Cork is over, following talks between residents and the management company.