Cardinal Seán Brady: remains a cardinal for life and may take part in papal elections until he is 80. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Primate of All-Ireland. Coadjutor Archbishop (...)

Cardinal Brady was ordained a priest 50 years ago in 1964. A native of Drumcalpin near Laragh Co Cavan he attended national school there before going on to St Patrick’s College Cavan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times 3:13

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Primate of All Ireland. Coadjutor Archbishop of (...)

Past and present popes Emeritus Benedict XVI (left) and Pope Francis greet each other in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican City today before the start of a consistory during which 19 new cardinals were appointed - the first of Pope Francis’ papacy.  Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Pope Francis has appointed 19 new cardinals in Rome today, the first such appointments of his papacy. The 19 senior clerics from 12 diff(...)

Pope Francis takes part in his inaugural mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Rome’s St Peter’s Square for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis this morning which he concelebrated(...)

Two nuns take in the sights of St Peter’s Square in Rome where the cardinals go into conclave to choose the next pope

Cheltenham or the conclave – both start today but which will finish first? Only the Holy Spirit knows but he remains resolutely incommuni(...)