Former president Mary McAleese speaking at a pro-Yes vote event in Dublin prior to the marriage referendum.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The former president of Ireland Mary McAleese has dismissed a statement by the Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput that the Catholic Church neve(...)

 Pope Francis at the  Synod of Bishops on the Family in the Vatican City. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

It is “very possible” Pope Francis will come to Ireland for the 2018 World Meeting of Families, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi confirmed to Th(...)

Pope Francis leaves  the second morning session of the Synod of Bishops on the Family at the Vatican. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

The Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome has yet to decide whether Communion for divorced and remarried couples is a matter of doctrine or disciplin(...)

Papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles J Brown said letting each person define their own concepts of existence and meaning represents “an enormous abdication of our responsibility to seek some meaningful communality among human beings, based on our shared human nature”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Having “absolute respect for life in all its stages and dimensions” is among the norms limiting the individual’s freedom to act as they might wish, th(...)

President Mary McAleese: “The Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality is simply wrong”

Former president Mary McAleese has ridiculed the concept of 300 elderly celibates coming together to discuss family questions. Addressing a meeting o(...)

Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa smiles as he leaves at the end of his news conference in downtown Rome. Photograph: Reuters 1:42

The Vatican has fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world’s bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees(...)

On the eve of the Synod on the Family, the Holy See was rocked on Saturday morning by the public coming out of 43-year-old Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, a senior official at the Vatican’s Congregation For the Doctrine Of The Faith (CDF), ex-Holy Office. File photograph: Osservatore Romano 1:42

On the eve of the Catholic’s Church’s Synod on the Family, the Holy See was rocked on Saturday by the public coming out of 43-year-old Monsignor Krzys(...)

Looking forward: Pope Francis has made it clear on at least two occasions this year that he wants results from the Synod on the Family, which begins in Rome tomorrow. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images.

Will the second Synod on the Family, which opens in Rome on Sunday, live up to its billing as a potentially key moment in the ongoing reform of the Ca(...)

Kentucky’s Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Photograph: Reuters

On the eve of the Synod on the Family, where questions of same-sex marriage will arise, a high-profile cardinal has said that “homosexual unions” are (...)

Pope Francis kisses and blesses Michael Keating (10), who has cerebral palsy, at Philadelphia airport. Photograph:Joseph Gidjunis/World Meeting of Families via AP

If the emphasis of the first half of Pope Francis’s US visit was about speaking hard truths to political and world leaders, the second half was about (...)