Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly:  has decided to “not now proceed with the introduction of the permanent diaconate at this time in the diocese”.   Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Catholic Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly has delayed the introduction of a male-only permanent diaconate following strong protests. In a pastoral (...)

Report claimed Pope Francis had become a target of the Islamic State, within the context of its war on the west. Photograph: AP/Tony Gentile

The Vatican has played down renewed reports of a death threat against Pope Francis by Islamic State (IS) militants. On the eve of the pope’s one-day t(...)

 Dr Eamon Martin who succeeds Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Primate of All Ireland, pictured at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Archbishop Eamon Martin, the new Primate of the Catholic Church, is seen as something of a relative “unknown” in the Holy See. Furthermore, he is see(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady: for the past four years the child abuse issue cast a shadow over his tenure at the top of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

What was striking yesterday was the warmth and affection with which so many church leaders and others spoke of Cardinal Seán Brady. A naturally hum(...)

From left: Bernardetta Boggian, Olga Raschietti and Lucia Pulici, three Italian nuns murdered while working as missionaries in Burundi. EPA/Sandro Capatti/Xaverian Missionaries of Parma

Three Italian nuns were found murdered over the weekend in the north of Burundi’s capital, officials and a priest in the African state said yesterday.(...)

Cardinal Brady was ordained a priest 50 years ago in 1964. A native of Drumcalpin near Laragh Co Cavan he attended national school there before going on to St Patrick’s College Cavan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times 3:13

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Primate of All Ireland. Coadjutor Archbishop of (...)

HP released a number of documents in a court filing in California on Friday expanding on its argument that Autonomy’s executives concocted deals to fraudulently attempt to inflate its value before its $11 billion acquisition by the US group.

The war of words between Hewlett-Packard and former members of Autonomy’s management team continued yesterday after the US technology group set out it(...)

Former soccer star Diego Maradona (L) presents Pope Francis with an Argentina national soccer jersey during a special audience held in the Vatican before a special interreligious “Match for Peace” tonight. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

For the first time since he slipped out like a thief in the night back in April 1991, former Argentine superstar Diego Armando Maradona takes to the p(...)

Francis Aquino Aneury ( 17), (far left), shines shoes along the promenade in Santo Domingo. Aneury claims he was 14 when he first accepted money for sexual favours from a man he later learned was Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski. Photograph: the ‘New York Times’

A case involving a Polish archbishop may prove to be a crucial test for the Holy See in its road to reform and change, as promised by Pope Francis. A(...)

Pope Francis gestures while speaking to journalists aboard the flight from South Korea to Italy on Monday. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Three relatives of Pope Francis, two great nephews and their mother, have been killed in a traffic collision in Argentina. The dead include a baby of (...)