Brendan Boland who has written the  book  Sworn to Silence. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish TImes

A number of new documents including Catholic Primate Cardinal Seán Brady’s handwritten account of answers provided at a secret 1975 inquiry into alleg(...)

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi at a press conference in the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

Pope Francis yesterday met with six clerical sex abuse survivors in a historic Vatican meeting, the first of this pontificate and one marked by the A(...)

Pope Francis waves to thousands of pilgrims gathered below in St Peter’s Square as he delivers the Sunday Angelus from the window of his study in the Vatican City, on Sunday. Photograph: EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Pope Francis this morning “humbly” asked six clerical sex abuse victims for forgiveness for the “grave crimes of clerical sex abuse” committed against(...)

Irish abuse survivors were among those meeting with Pope Francis today. File photograph: Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

Clerical child abuse survivor Marie Kane (43) has asked Pope Francis to remove Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady, who launched the   Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults, an adaptation of the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.    Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults was launched by Cardinal Seán Brady at Maynooth yesterday. Designed to complement the Catechism of the Catho(...)

Ordination: Leo Creelman and his fellow deacons lie prostrate at St Patrick’s College. Photograph: Paul Keeling

Leo Creelman says that the laying on of hands by Cardinal Seán Brady and lying prostrate during the litany of the saints were the highlights of his or(...)

Pope Francis waves at the end of a special audience for Carabinieri paramilitary police in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican today. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

President Shimon Peres of Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine will visit Pope Francis at the Vatican next Sunday to pray for peace in the (...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said  “the image of the parish in 10 years’ time will be very, very different to the image of the parish we have today. There’ll be more lay people, deacons, religious, all working together under the leadership of a priest.” Photograph: Reuters

Just two Catholic priests in Dublin are under 40, while a further 44 are aged between 70 and 75 and “in the next four or five years will be going into(...)

Bishop-elect Kevin Doran said: ‘I must confess to being a little surprised to find myself here this morning’. Photograph: Eric Luke

A Dublin priest has been appointed Bishop of Elphin in the midlands and west of Ireland. Kevin Doran, 61, was named by Pope Francis to succeed retired(...)

Proposing the motion, Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane said her party advocated the right to social, economic, gender and cultural equality.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Northern Assembly has again rejected by a majority vote a Sinn Féin motion calling for the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The DUP had table(...)