Pope Francis meets Mark Vincent Healy in Rome last month. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano.

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Irish clerical child abuse survivor Mark Vincent Healy (54) told Pope Francis (above) of his concerns about rates of self-harm and suicide among survivors during a meeting in the Vatican today.  Photograph: Nicola Lanese/EPA.

The second Irish clerical child abuse survivor to meet Pope Francis this morning was Dubliner Mark Vincent Healy (54). The meeting lasted for approxim(...)

Archbishop Seán Brady:  the Irish Catholic Church could play a useful role in advising the new Vatican commission on child abuse, he said yesterday. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

It has been a long road. Based on the findings of the eight reviews of child protection published yesterday, we can conclude that much has been achiev(...)

Cothraí Gogan: spent several weeks in prison at the end of the Biafran war, and was eventually repatriated to Ireland

The full story of the impact of Irish missionaries on the lives of people in modern Nigeria has yet to be told. In the recent death of Cothraí(...)