New Speaker of the House Paul Ryan with his predecessor John Boehner: at 45, Mr Ryan is the youngest Speaker in 140 years. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan joked on Sunday that his first job as the new Speaker of the House of Representatives was to rid the smell of smoke fro(...)

South African cardinal Wilfred Napier, said a paper calling for greater inclusivity towards homosexuals had been published at last year’s synod without prior knowledge of many. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Senior conservative cardinals have complained that efforts are being made at the Synod of Bishops in Rome to guarantee liberal-sounding “pre-cooked” p(...)

 Cardinal Timothy Dolan with the papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, and Bishop of Meath Michael Smith. Photograph:  John Mc Elroy

The Catholic Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, performed the official opening of this year’s national novena at Knock, in Co Mayo, yeste(...)

Cardinal TImothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Brian O’Dwyer, International Chairman of Knock Airport arriving on the Aer Lingus flight carrying pilgrims from New York.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan

New ground in pilgrimage traffic to Ireland was broken on Sunday when an Aer Lingus flight from New York with 180 passengers on board touched down at (...)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York: ‘It will be an honour for me to travel to the west of Ireland and open Ireland’s National Public Novena on August 14th, with Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, in Knock.’  Photograph:  Mike Segar/Reuters

The first transatlantic pilgrimage flight to Knock shrine will touch down in Co Mayo tomorrow. The inaugural Aer Lingus flight from JFK to Ireland We(...)

People listen to Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Walsh as he leads a memorial service for Irish students killed in a balcony collapse in Berkely  at New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Photograph: Frank Franklin II/AP

About 1,800 people, including an estimated 400 J-1 students, attended a remembrance mass in New York City for the six students killed in the Berkeley (...)

True colours: A man  cheers on parade participants as they make their way up Fifth Avenue during New York City’s St Patrick’s Day parade. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

St Patrick’s day celebrations around the world have drawn thousands of revellers onto the streets, from New York and Boston to Sydney and Hong Kong.As(...)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: Noted that Knock airport “was built specifically to welcome pilgrims to Knock shrine . . . Monsignor James Horan, I’m sure, would be very proud.” Photograph: The Irish Times

The first transatlantic flight by Aer Lingus from the US to Ireland West Airport Knock, Co Mayo, takes place next August. It will also be the first of(...)

A leading cardinal, who previously insisted there can be no change in Catholic Church teaching on remarried divorced Catholics, has said he is sticki(...)

‘We  have small groups for students and kids. We’re convinced that weekly small groups in a parish is the way forward for the whole Catholic Church.’ Photograph: Getty Images

I have worked as a Catholic lay leader involved in renewal and reconciliation in Ireland for more than 41 years. Recently I’ve seen so many faithful C(...)