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(...)

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 (right) greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as he arrives at St Peter’s Basilica during a celebration for grandparents and the elderly at the Vatican today.  Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Elderly people, including former Pope Benedict, attended a gathering of the wise and wrinkled at the Vatican today, where Pope Francis denounced the n(...)

Mounted gardaí on duty yesterday on day two of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska , Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Another record was broken at the National Ploughing Championships today when it attracted its largest ever crowd of 124,500 people and got the seal of(...)

 A semi-general view the  brides and their grooms as they  stood before Pope Francis (top centre) as he celebrates a mass wedding ceremony inside St. Peter’s Basilica today. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/EPA

Pope Francis married 20 couples today, some of whom had already lived together and had children, in the latest sign that the Argentine pontiff wants 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 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 (...)

Cardinal Seán Brady. Photograph: Eric Luke

The sole clerical abuse survivor on the Vatican’s new Commission for the Protection of Minors, Marie Collins, says she hopes Catholic Primate Cardina(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin pictured with members of ONE, IUNVA, and Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association  after a special mass to mark the 100th anniversary of  the outbreak of the first World War at Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The Irish men who died in the first World War should be remembered as having “fought with great courage in the defence of an ideal”, the Archbishop(...)

Institute of Religious Works president Ernst von Freyburg (above) is to be replaced by Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, who already works with with the Vatican’s Council for the Economy. Photograph: EPA/Alessandro di Meo

The reform process Pope Francis has prompted at the controversial Vatican bank IOR is about to move on to “phase II”.Francis is about to replace the b(...)