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(...)

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(...)

Although Pope Francis has said that women could gain greater power in the church, other comments have been typically atavistic. Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

So much for all the cozy hugs and soothing cold calls and fun selfies and humble gestures and talk of mercy, love, inclusion, equality and justice. Po(...)

Pilgrims gather in Rome this evening ahead of ceremonies tomorrow to mark the canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Photograph: Patsy McGarry.

The mood was festive in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican today as thousands of people from around the world began to gather for tomorrow mornin(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin will be 10 years in that role on Saturday next. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times 3:42

The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin will be 10 years in that role on Saturday next, April 26th. He reflects on the past decade in an inter(...)