Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has asked Dublin’s Catholics to take part in parish discussions on the family in advance of a Vatican synod on the subject  in October. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin’s Catholics are being asked to take part in parish discussions on the family to take place in February and March. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ha(...)

Pope Francis (left) flanked by Padre Federico Lombardi speak to journalist  onboard a plane during his trip back to Rome, on Monday  from the Philippines. Photograph: Getty 1:36

Pope Francis last night sprang a surprise when he called on Catholics not to “breed like rabbits” but instead practice “responsible parenting”.Speakin(...)

Pope Francis arrives at the Palo Cathedral near Tacloban airport on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters 1:26

Pope Francis, wearing a plastic poncho against gusting winds and driving rain, kept a promise on Saturday to comfort survivors of a devastating 2013 (...)

 Pope Francis with Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke  in Vatican City

Conservative US Cardinal Raymond Burke has identified women as the real problem in today’s Catholic Church. In an interview with the website The New (...)

Pope Francis arrives to attend a canonisation Mass for Joseph Vaz at Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to a Buddhist temple yesterday, capping a trip to Sri Lanka where he told huge crowds that religions must unite to (...)

 The Vatican found a canonical court was correct in its decision to uphold complaints against a former Cork priest. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

A former priest in the Diocese of Cloyne has lost his appeal against dismissal from the priesthood after the Vatican found that a canonical court was (...)

 Concert goers celebrate the New Year at Madison Square Garden  in New York City. PhotographBrad Barket/Getty Images 1:44

A 5,300kg Waterford Crystal ball took centre stage in New York overnight.Roughly a million revellers packed New York’s Times Square and rang in the n(...)

Numbers taking part in papal events at the Vatican have almost trebled since the election of Pope Francis in March 2013. Photograph: EPA

Numbers taking part in papal events at the Vatican have almost trebled since the election of Pope Francis in March 2013. Figures for 2014, the first f(...)

TK Whitaker, secretary of the department of finance, sought information on whether the Holy See would “consider investments in Irish government securities or in property development”. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

TK Whitaker explored the possibility of getting the Holy See to invest in Ireland in the mid-1960s but was informed the Vatican was “disinclined” to (...)

Frontier: the pope at the Israel-West Bank wall. photograph: Mheisen Amareen/Reuters

When Ireland’s new Ambassador to the Holy See, Emma Madigan, was chatting to Pope Francis in the pontifical library the day she presented her diplomat(...)