Former president Mary McAleese speaking at a pro-Yes vote event in Dublin prior to the marriage referendum.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The former president of Ireland Mary McAleese has dismissed a statement by the Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput that the Catholic Church neve(...)

Archbishop Gaenswein, known to the media as ‘Gorgeous George’ because of his good looks, talked about the synod,  homosexuality, clerical sex abuse and  Benedict’s health in an interview with Chi magazine. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, the private secretary to Pope Emeritus Benedict, has suggested that the current Vatican synod on the family should offer s(...)

Pope Benedict XVI: laicisation figures appear to confirm the contention that he encouraged zero tolerance on clerical sex abuse. Photograph: Stefano Dal Pozzolo/Getty Images

The Holy See confirmed at the weekend that Pope Benedict XVI defrocked almost 400 priests for sex abuse related offences in 2011-2012. The figures, co(...)

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‘There are many routes into learning’ Lizbeth Goodman is a leading global expert on digital inclusion, special needs education and lifelong learning.E(...)