A flower-laying ceremony in the Armenian capital Yerevan to mark the centenary of the mass killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. Photograph: Vahram Baghdasaryan/EPA

Armenia has marked the centenary of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with a simple flower-laying ceremony attended by foreign leaders, as (...)

Cagliari chief prosecutor Mauro Mura told reporters that as well as planning to launch attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as earlier reported, the suspects may also have been aiming to target the Vatican. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPA

Suspected extremists being questioned in a counter-terrorism investigation in Italy may have been planning an attack against the Vatican, one of the p(...)

Pope Francis’s September visit to Cuba will precede his journey to Washington, New York and Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Getty Images

Cuba’s foreign minister has welcomed the Vatican announcement that Pope Francis is to visit the country en route to the US in September. Vatican spoke(...)

Following his conviction for the 1997 double murders of  Mary Callanan (61) and Sylvia Shiels (60), Mark Nash will be serving four life sentences

Following his conviction for the 1997 double murders of psychiatric patients Mary Callanan (61) and Sylvia Shiels (60), Mark Nash will be serving four(...)

A meeting between a working group of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors and its chairman Cardinal Seán O’Malley, about the controversial appointment of a Chilean bishop, went “very well”, Dublin survivor Marie Collins has said. Photograph: Reuters

An unscheduled meeting on Sunday between a working group of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors and its chairman Cardinal Seán O’Mal(...)

Pope Francis leads a mass for Armenian Catholics marking 100 years since the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire. Photograph: AFP

Pope Francis has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians as “the first genocide of the 20th century”, w(...)

Fr Tony Flannery: will host the Catholic Church reform event. He has been forbidden by the Vatican to exercise his ministry as a priest following articles he wrote for the Redemptorists’ Reality magazine. Photograph: Alan Betson

A major international conference of Catholic Church reform movements will take place in Limerick next week. The International Network of Church Refor(...)

 ‘Jennifer Johnston’s fiction reminds us of the indeterminacy of the past, and the dangers of idealising any one version of Ireland’s recent history, or our own family history.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary novelists, Jennifer Johnston occupies a curious place in Irish literature. Although her tale(...)

Archbishop of Dublin John Charles McQuaid: at the end of the second Vatican Council, he said: “You may have been worried by talk of changes to come. Allow me to reassure you: no change will worry the tranquillity of your Christian lives.”

The second Vatican Council closed 50 years ago this year, having begun in October 1962. One of the major changes it ushered in was the saying of the M(...)

Sculptor Tim Schmalz with his ‘Homeless Jesus’ bronze. The sculpture is due to arrive in Dublin on Good Friday and will be installed on the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral a week later. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:47

The “Homeless Jesus” sculpture is due to arrive in Dublin on Good Friday and, following clearance by customs, is expected to be installed on the groun(...)