Pope Francis is welcomed by Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni at his arrival in Entebbe, Uganda

Pope hails Uganda's treatment of refugees

27 Nov Pope Francis has hailed Uganda for its "outstanding" response in welcoming refugees as he began a two-day visit to the east African nation.

Justice Lowell Goddard is chairing the inquiry

UK abuse inquiry to look at 'people of prominence'

27 Nov The judge heading a major British inquiry into decades of child sexual abuse has said it will investigate allegations involving "people of prominence" and politicians as well as the Anglican and Catholic churches, local councils and schools.

The trial stems from the publication of two recent books which depict a Vatican plagued by mismanagement, greed and corruption

Vatican orders trials over leaks scandal

21 Nov The Vatican has ordered five people, including two Italian journalists, to stand trial for leaking and publishing secret documents, in the latest development in a leaks scandal which is rocking the papacy.

Shaykh Umar al-Qadri said some Muslims have travelled from ireland to join so-called Islamic State militants

Dublin cleric concerned over Islamic teaching

06 Nov A Dublin-based Muslim cleric has said that he is concerned that Muslim children may be taught incorrect teachings of Islam and may develop a distorted version of Islam at weekend Islamic education classes held throughout Ireland.

Alexis Tsipras and Martin Schulz speaking to media while visiting a refugee camp in Lesbos

Tsipras: Greece cannot cope with refugees

05 Nov Greece's prime minister has conceded that the country is unable to cope with the thousands of migrants arriving daily on its shores, just days after saying he was ashamed by Europe's handling of the crisis.

Police said the incident happened in a Taliban-controlled area

Afghan woman stoned to death for eloping

03 Nov A young Afghan woman who was married against her will was stoned to death by extremists after she was caught eloping with another man, local officials said.

98% of primary schools in Ireland currently deliver faith-based religious education programmes

Views on teaching religion in school sought

03 Nov The body responsible for designing school curricula in Ireland is looking for the views of teachers, parents, and others on the teaching of religion, beliefs and ethics in primary schools.

Fifth time the issue has been voted on in NI

No change to NI same-sex marriage law

02 Nov A majority of Stormont Assembly members have for the first time voted to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, but a voting mechanism triggered by the Democratic Unionists means the law change will not happen.

The incidence of child poverty has almost doubled here during the recession

UN could censure Ireland over child poverty

27 Oct Ireland risks being censured by a United Nations Committee because the incidence of child poverty has almost doubled here during the recession and 1,500 homeless children are living in emergency accommodation.

In a pastoral letter from Rome Eamon Martin asked for prayers for refugees and humanitarian workers

Archbishop calls for cohesive plan for refugees

25 Oct The Catholic Primate of All Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin has said there is a pressing need for prompt and politically-led strategic action that weds together a cohesive plan to welcome, integrate and sustainably resource refugees arriving here.

Pope Francis shakes hands with Italian cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri as he leaves the morning session of the last day of the Synod

Proposals for divorcees to receive Holy Communion

25 Oct Representatives of the world's Catholic bishops have narrowly backed a proposal to allow divorced Catholics who have remarried outside the church to be allowed receive Holy Communion, on a case by case basis.