Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh (right) and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin pictured earlier this month at the Columba Centre, Maynooth.  For Holy Thursday Chrism Masses they respectively discussed the difficulty of being Christian, and the Pope Francis’s unpopularity. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has spoken about the unpopularity of being Christian in today’s world while Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid(...)

Of the 15 elector (under 80 years of age) cardinals named by Pope Francis, 10 hail from Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America

The new cardinals nominated by Pope Francis yet again reflect one of the major thrusts of his pontificate – that of a move out to the periphery of (...)

‘The Church’s teachings on many aspects of morality are being widely ignored. This does not mean that they are considered wrong but that they do not seem to make sense in the modern world.’ above, Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in St Peter’s square on Sunday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Two forthcoming events will be the first real tests of what Pope Francis proposes to do in order to renew and reform the Catholic Church. The first of(...)

Pope Francis uses a tablet to send a tweet with members of Scholas Occurentes Argentina at the Vatican today, the first anniversary of his inauguration. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters.

Pope Francis “is a man who accepted the will of the Lord to become successor of St Peter when it was put to him, without any questioning or wit(...)

A former commandant of the Swiss Guard has claimed that a “secret society” of homosexuals in the Holy See threatens the security and safety of Pope Francis.

A former commandant of the Swiss Guard has claimed that a “secret society” of homosexuals in the Holy See threatens the security and safety of Pope Fr(...)

Pope Francis stands with cardinals during a consistory at the Vatican. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Giving his second interview in a month, Pope Francis has this morning said the Holy See was often too “Vatican-centred”, adding that he promised to “d(...)

The beatification ceremony in Palermo on Saturday for Fr Giuseppe Puglisi, which was welcomed yesterday  by Pope Francis after the Angelus in St Peter’s Square. Photograph: Alessandro Fucarini/AP Photo

On a highly significant weekend for the Italian Catholic Church, Pope Francis yesterd(...)

No one got on well on El Silencio island, certainly not the prisoners nor their children nor their babies taken away from Esma, the torture cen(...)