Pope Francis is seen on a large screen as he speaks during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Seven Irish Columban priests will be among 124 Catholic missionaries who will be beatified by Pope Francis next Saturday during his visit to South Kor(...)

Childcare review: found that various religious orders had difficulty in ensuring the protection from abuse of those in their care

The review of the Presentation Brothers found that 54 abuse allegations have been made against 28 members (one unnamed) since January 1st, 1975, with (...)

Laicised Columban priest Patrick Maguire has been convicted a number of times both in the UK and Ireland.  Photograph: Collins Courts.

Twelve priests at the Missionary Society of St Columban (Columbans) faced 41 allegations since January 1st 1975, with one convicted in the courts,a(...)

Cardinal Sean Brady: “We are not becoming complacent. Vigilance is the operative word at all times, attentiveness and compassion to all concerned.”  Photograph: Frank Miller

The Towards Healing helpline for survivors of clerical child abuse can be contacted today and tomorrow 11am to 1am at freephone 1800-303416 from Irela(...)

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(...)

The reviewers found that “accused priests were afforded too much tolerance and so found it too easy to avoid being held accountable for their actions”

A review of child protection in the Kiltegan Fathers, a missionary order based in Co Wicklow, has found that the congregation “has been challenged (...)

The Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSC) said “abuse that has been identified outside the Irish region has not in every case given rise to an appropriate and robust response.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Kiltegan fathers religious congregation has been heavily criticised in the latest tranche of reviews on child protection carried out by the Cathol(...)

Bishop Noel Treanor (left) and Bishop Anthony Farquhar during a service for members of the Filipino community, following Typhoon Haiyan, at St Vincent de Paul parish in Belfast yesterday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

A self-appointed review of its own child safeguarding practices by the Catholic diocese of Down and Connor has been greeted with surprise by the Churc(...)