Pope Francis waves to the faithful at the end of a Mass for the beatification of Pope Paul VI in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has formally closed the Synod on the Family with a special Mass on the steps of St Peter’s during which he also beatified Pope Paul VI. P(...)

A leading Church of Ireland cleric has urged legislators to “use caution” when preparing changes to the Constitution dealing with blasphemy as an offe(...)

Pope Francis attends yesterday’s opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The prevailing mood among Catholics concerning the papacy of Pope Francis is one of uncertainty. Frequently, this is accompanied by anxiety – at the p(...)

Pope Francis greets a cardinal as he leaves at the end of a mass to mark the opening of the Synod on the Family in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican today. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters.

To the accompaniment of Gregorian chant and a reading from the prophet Isaiah, Pope Francis this morning formally opened the Vatican’s Extraordinary G(...)

‘The Church’s teachings on many aspects of morality are being widely ignored. This does not mean that they are considered wrong but that they do not seem to make sense in the modern world.’ above, Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in St Peter’s square on Sunday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Two forthcoming events will be the first real tests of what Pope Francis proposes to do in order to renew and reform the Catholic Church. The first of(...)

Pope Francis speaks as he leads the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

The work of a priest is “almost impossible unless there is humour, humanity, honesty”, a member the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) leadershi(...)

A group representing Irish priests has called for radical measures to be taken by the Catholic bishops to address the current vocations crisis in the Church.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A group representing Irish priests has called for radical measures to be taken by the Catholic bishops to address the current vocations crisis in the (...)

‘There is an opportunity for us here in Ireland to initiate a digital missionary movement.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Many people say that it was a four-minute speech which led to the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as pope. In his pre-conclave speech to the othe(...)

Pope Francis   at the Vatican yesterday. Of the last eight popes, seven are at different stages on the road to sainthood. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

The papalisation of canonisations is a modern phenomenon. Of the 265 deceased popes to date only 78 have been canonised with most of those being marty(...)

Pope Francis waves to the faithful in St Peter’s Square in Rome after the canonisation of popes John XXIII and John Paul II yesterday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Irish Catholic Church was represented at the most senior level at yesterday’s Mass and canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s Square, Rome. Am(...)