Dolores Atwood, pictured leaving the Four Courts during the lunchbreak of a High Court action for damages taken by former archbishop of Benin Richard Burke. Photograph: Courts Collins

A woman has told the High Court a priest kissed her and touched her breast while she was being treated for typhoid fever in a hospital in Nigeria in 1(...)

‘Girls as young as 14 and 15 are waxing the hair off their arms, and every other part of their bodies. To be hairy isn’t womanly.’ Photograph: Dimas Ardian/Getty Images

Summer. Exposed flesh. Human hair must be banished. Discarded hair is clogging drains and sticking to wax strips everywhere. Brazilian or bush? No (...)

In 1975, Cardinal Seán Brady conducted canonical investigations into allegations by two teenage boys of abuse by Fr Brendan Smyth. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Hearing Cardinal Seán Brady’s evidence to the North’s Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry was to be reminded of a damning conclusion in Judge Yvonn(...)

Cardinal Sean Brady, who retired last year, arrives at Banbridge Court on Thursday to give evidence in The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Clerics involved in investigating child sex abuse were bound to secrecy so the Catholic church’s “good name” could be protected, Cardinal Sean Brady h(...)

The inquiry is looking at  how the Catholic Church and Norbertine Order failed the children abused by Brendan Smyth.

Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth wrote an angry letter from prison to the late Cardinal Cahal Daly to deny that his sexual abuse of boys and girls had (...)

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin gave the only formal comment on the result of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum calling it a “defeat for humanity”. File photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

The “Yes” result of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum does not cut a lot of ice in the Holy See. That much was clear at a news conference on Tue(...)

File photograph of former abbot of the Norbertine Order and Brendan Smyth’s superior, Kevin Smith, who told police he did not realise at the time that paedophilia was a crime.

The former abbot of the Kilnacrott Norbertine Abbey in Co Cavan, Kevin Smith, has been accused of telling lies about his knowledge of when Fr Brend(...)

Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth wrote to the late Cardinal Cahal Daly from prison to deny that his sexual abuse of boys and girls had caused serious damage to the Catholic Church. Photograph: Pacemaker

Paedophile priest Brendan Smyth wrote to the late Cardinal Cahal Daly from prison to deny that his sexual abuse of boys and girls had caused serious d(...)

Sir, – I found the piece by Donal Dorr (“Pope’s message on climate change a radical departure”, Opinion & Analysis, June 19th) fascinating in that(...)

Brendan Smyth: told doctor after his arrest he may have abused 50-100 children, and that ‘number could even be double or perhaps even more’. Photograph: Pacemaker

Even before he was ordained in 1951 there were serious concerns about Fr Brendan Smyth’s sexual proclivities, the North’s Historical Institutional (...)