Prelates during the opening Mass of the XVI Ordinary Meeting of the Synod of Bishops. Photograph: EPA 1:42

Pope Francis has once again warned the Church against judgment of other people, urging it to “seek out and care for hurting couples with the balm of a(...)

President Mary McAleese: “The Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality is simply wrong”

Former president Mary McAleese has ridiculed the concept of 300 elderly celibates coming together to discuss family questions. Addressing a meeting o(...)

Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa smiles as he leaves at the end of his news conference in downtown Rome. Photograph: Reuters 1:42

The Vatican has fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world’s bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees(...)

On the eve of the Synod on the Family, the Holy See was rocked on Saturday morning by the public coming out of 43-year-old Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, a senior official at the Vatican’s Congregation For the Doctrine Of The Faith (CDF), ex-Holy Office. File photograph: Osservatore Romano 1:42

On the eve of the Catholic’s Church’s Synod on the Family, the Holy See was rocked on Saturday by the public coming out of 43-year-old Monsignor Krzys(...)

Looking forward: Pope Francis has made it clear on at least two occasions this year that he wants results from the Synod on the Family, which begins in Rome tomorrow. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images.

Will the second Synod on the Family, which opens in Rome on Sunday, live up to its billing as a potentially key moment in the ongoing reform of the Ca(...)

Levels of tolerance are similar in Ireland to the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark, the most tolerant countries in the EU. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish people are some of the most tolerant in the EU and are becoming more tolerant year by year, a Europe-wide survey has found. The Irish are now a(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin – along with  Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin –  will represent the Irish Church at the Synod of Bishops in Rome which begins next weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Catholic bishops have called on all relevant authorities to ensure no more homeless people die on our streets and described the current housing cr(...)

Kentucky’s Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Photograph: Reuters

On the eve of the Synod on the Family, where questions of same-sex marriage will arise, a high-profile cardinal has said that “homosexual unions” are (...)

Pope Francis looks at the Statue of Liberty during his US trip. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

The likelihood of a papal visit to Ireland and the World Meeting of Families due to be held in Dublin in 2018 will be discussed at the Synod of Bishop(...)

Anthony Kearns: ‘I suppose music is the crowd-calmer before the pope. We are the peace-making force. Music tames the savage beast.’ Photograph: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol Concerts

At a ceremony in Philadelphia tomorrow afternoon, Irish tenor Anthony Kearns will be the opening act for one of the biggest events of his career. The (...)