Pope Francis in conversation with head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, in Havana, Cuba. Photograph: Getty Images

Pope Francis arrived in Havana on Friday to meet the head of the Russian Orthodox Church nearly 1,000 years after eastern orthodoxy split with Rome, m(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said all allegations of clerical child sexual abuse in Ireland must be reported to gardaí. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

All allegations of clerical child sexual abuse on the island of Ireland must be reported to civil authorities, said Catholic Church representatives. (...)

A video grab shows riot police and relatives of inmates of the Topo Chico prison in the northern city of Monterrey in Mexico on Thursday: incident left 52 dead and 12 injured. Photograph: Francisco Cobos/AFP/Getty Images

A battle between rival drug gangs at a prison killed 52 people in the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, authorities said on Thursday, days ahead(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has responded to a new Vatican document on the reporting of claims of clerical abuse. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said all allegations of clerical abuse in Ireland must be reported to gardaí, responding to a new Vatican document sayi(...)

Pope Francis leading the Ash Wednesday mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

The Catholic church is telling newly appointed bishops that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that(...)

Peter Saunders:  criticised appointment  of controversial  bishop Juan Barros. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

UK child sex abuse lobbyist Peter Saunders, who was given a “leave of absence” from his role in the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for the Protecti(...)

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow with Russian president Vladimir Putin.  The rift between the western and eastern branches of Christianity dates to the Great Schism of 1054. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA

Pope Francis will stop in Cuba on his way to Mexico next week to hold a historic meeting with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Va(...)

Catholic groups said the policy of the last 20 years of relying on the private rented sector to meet social housing needs had proven “a dismal failure”. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Four Catholic Church-related social justice organisations have called on all candidates and voters in the forthcoming general election to make housing(...)

The Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin   visiting  St James primary school in 2014.   Pic John Mc Elroy.

Faith schools exist because there are parents who wish to have their children educated in accordance with their religious convictions. Catholic primar(...)

Br Kevin Crowley: ‘This morning a family came in to me who were on the verge of being evicted. Six in the family and no food. Desperate. The wife was crying. The husband has lost his job.’ Photograph: David Sleator

The depth of the State’s economic recovery has been questioned by a Capuchin brother involved in feeding hundreds of people in Dublin every day. Br(...)