The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois, a painting by Fortunio Matania.The painting shows Co Tipperary-born Fr Francis Gleeson, igiving absolution on the evening before the Battle of Aubers Ridge in May 1915. Photograph: Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans Michael Parsons

A vestment worn by an Irish priest on the battlefields of the first World War has come to light. The stole, worn by Fr Francis Gleeson, a chaplain to (...)

Pope Francis meets Mark Vincent Healy in Rome last month. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano.

There ought to have been a sense of huge importance noted about Pope Francis’s first meeting with six survivors of clerical child sexual abuse in Rome(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Duke of Kent, president of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, after unveiling a Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

President Michael D Higgins will represent Ireland at events on Monday in Belgium to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War(...)

‘We need strong vision, less spinning,’ Archbiship Diarmuid Martin  said at the launch of the Crosscare report. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The level of homelessness in Dublin has been described as “shameful” by Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. “We need strong vision, less spinning,” h(...)

Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, the new president of the Institute for Religious Works, or Vatican Bank, during a press conference in Rome yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Angelo Carconi

It was halfway through yesterday’s presentation of the New Economic Framework For The Holy See when the packed hall of journalists began to laugh. (...)

Irish sex abuse survivor Marie Collins, who serves on the Vatican’s Child Protection Commission, and  Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin will both be in Rome on Monday, ostensibly to attend an “anglophone” Vatican meeting. Photograph: Reuters

Although the Holy See has offered no official confirmation, it seems likely that a much anticipated meeting between clerical sex abuse survivors, incl(...)

A Government inquiry into the mother and baby homes will not be confined to St Mary’s in Tuam, Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Government inquiry into the mother and baby homes will not be confined to St Mary’s in Tuam, Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan has said.“Tuam w(...)

Bishop William Crean of Cloyne prepares to speak on the review of child safeguarding in the diocese by the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

That no child safeguarding case management files existed in the Divine Word (SVD) Missionary congregation prior to 2013 was “of great concern and i(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, speaking during a conference in February. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese has received a glowing report following a review of its child safeguarding practices by the Church’s child protection wa(...)

Pope Francis waves to the faithful in St Peter’s Square in Rome after the canonisation of popes John XXIII and John Paul II yesterday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Irish Catholic Church was represented at the most senior level at yesterday’s Mass and canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s Square, Rome. Am(...)