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(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin speaking to choral students from Colaiste Mhuire, Cabra, Colaiste Bhríde, Clondalkin, and Holy Faith in Killester and Clontarf at the launch of the Emmanuel Concert Series for 2014.This years concerts will remember soon to be saints John Paul II and John XXIII in song and prayer. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

More than 2,000 students from 61 schools in the Dublin diocese will mark the canonisation of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII at a series of conce(...)

The cover of ‘Time’ magazine’s Person of the Year issue, featuring Pope Francis. Photogragh: ‘Time’ handout via Reuters

Time magazine has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, crediting him with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the imagin(...)

Enormous good will is generated by our missionaries of all faiths working abroad.

A particularly moving event took place in Dublin City Hall last Wednesday. There, 225 elderly Irish men and women who have spent between 40 and 60 yea(...)

Pope John Paul II in 2005. The late pontiff is credited with a significant role in the fall of communism. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

It is probable the crowds in Rome on April 27th next year will be the largest seen there since the funeral of Pope John Paul II in 2005. The announcem(...)

Pope Francis called for an attitude of ‘wound healing’. Photograph: Luca Zennaro

  Pope Francis has indicated he wants a “new balance” within the Catholic church, calling for greater involvement of women in the insti(...)

 Pope John Paul II prepares to leave Ireland  on an Aer Lingus plane at Shannon Airport following his Papal visit to Ireland in 1979. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea/The Irish Times

The late Pope John Paul II will be made a saint, the Vatican confirmed today, announcing that Pope Francis had approved a second miracle attributed to(...)