Writers Gianluigi Nuzzi (right) and Emiliano Fittipaldi. Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Luca Bruno, file

For the second time in three years, the Holy See this morning sees the opening of a Vatican City trial investigating the internal theft of confidentia(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin signing the Book of Codolence at the Pro- Cathedral following mass on Saturday  where he spoke of the attacks in Paris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The events in Paris are a “horrific example of what fundamentalism can do and what happens when religion is distorted for ideological reasons”, Archbi(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin: The sins of bearing false witness, defamation, detraction and calumny are no less grave just because they are committed behind the anonymity of a computer screen. Photograph: PA

Social media is being turned into a harsh and dehumanising place for some, Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said. It was particularly rep(...)

Cardinal Desmond Connell leaving the press conference following the 2002 egm at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Photograph: Eric Luke

One of the most fraught confrontations between senior Catholic Church figures and the Irish media took place on April 8th, 2002. It was at a press con(...)

Rumours and speculation concerning a new “Vatileaks” scandal have been flying around the Vatican for days. The development suggests resistance remains in the Holy See curia to the reform process of Pope Francis (above). Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters.

Vatican police on Monday arrested two senior Holy See figures, one lay and one clerical, in connection with allegations concerning “the removal and di(...)

Fr Tony Flannery is one of 12 priests who could “no longer remain silent because to do so colludes with the systemic oppression of women within the Catholic Church”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Twelve Catholic priests have issued a joint statement calling for open discussion on the need for equality for women in the church, including where pr(...)

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass of the Synod on the Family. He announced a new Vatican office for Catholic laity and families. Slow, slow progress, but progress, nonetheless. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA.

Here are some things that did not get much attention from those who covered the recent Synod on the Family. As usual, all the focus was on the politic(...)

A prominent Catholic educator has criticised the new  Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and ethics programme for primary schools. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The proposed programme for religions and ethics in primary schools was designed to banish expressions of faith from the classroom, a prominent Catholi(...)

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(...)

 Pope Francis at the  Synod of Bishops on the Family in the Vatican City. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

It is “very possible” Pope Francis will come to Ireland for the 2018 World Meeting of Families, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi confirmed to Th(...)