Bishop Leo O’Reilly is to explore the possibility of having married men as priests and the appointment of women as deacons. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Two Nigerian priests have been invited by Bishop Leo O’Reilly to serve in the Catholic diocese of Kilmore as vocations there dwindle. They will arrive(...)

Fearful: Kathleen McDonnell, at the ruins of Teampail na Naoi Naomh, on Loop Head. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Within eight months of his election, on March 13th last year, Time magazine declared Pope Francis its person of the year. An American gay magazine,(...)

Pope Francis: while his  papacy as already brought with it a huge shift in style more than substance, its effect is and will be truly substantial. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

It was clear almost immediately that this pope was going to be different. He displayed his ease with himself as he was presented to the crowds in S(...)

Newly elected Pope Francis speaks as he holds his first audience with journalists and media inside the Paul VI hall today. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Pope told over 4,500 members of the media and their families this morning how he chose the name Francis on his election last Wednesday even(...)