Bishops take part in the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Synod of Bishops at Paul VI Hall, Vatican. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

So the current Synod of Bishops in Rome enters the home straight. This week it is expected to get down to the substance of the three-week gathering. T(...)

Bishop of Killaloe Kieran O’Reilly announced he was delaying introduction of the diaconate following strong protests. Photograph: Dara MacDonaill/The Irish Times

An estimated 200 people, mainly women but including clergy, attended a meeting at the Clare Inn in Dromoland Co Clare last night at what was intended (...)

 Ian Paisley preaches to the 12,000 strong congregation at the King’s Hall in Belfast on the 40th anniversary of the free Presbyterian Church. Photograph: Pacemaker

A gifted preacher with a coruscating turn of phrase, Ian Paisley was a compelling religious leader, whose energy, deep faith and passionately-expresse(...)

File photograph shows then Northern Ireland’s First Minister Ian Paisley  in  2008. Photograph: David Moir/Files/Reuters

Dr Ian Paisley was probably the most fiery, uncompromising and bellicose Ulster politician throughout the North’s Troubles.But late in life, one of th(...)

File photo from 1974 of former Democratic Unionist Party leader Dr Ian Paisley, who has died. Photograph: PA Wire

Dr Ian Paisley the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and former first minister of Northern Ireland has died, his wife Eileen said today. He was (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) and France’s prime minister Manuel Valls  attend the canonisation ceremony of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican today. Mr Kenny has asked Pope Francis to visit Ireland. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has invited Pope Francis to Ireland. He also said this afternoon that the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs(...)

Ukraine’s prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk (centre) exchanges gifts with Pope Francis (right) during a private audience at the Vatican today. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/Pool/Reuters.

Ironically, right on the very eve of the day that will see the canonisation of Polish Pope, John Paul II, his current successor, Francis, today(...)

The  broken statue in Cevo. Photograph: EPA

A young man has been fatally crushed after a statue erected in honour of Pope John Paul II in northern Italy fell on top of him. The man(...)