Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who will give the keynote address at the World Meeting of Families on Wednesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Prelate, due in Dublin this week, is criticised in a damning US report

Cardinal Séan O’Malley: “Catholics have lost patience with us, and civil society has lost confidence in us.” Photograph: Getty Images

Archbishop of Boston says change only possible with significant involvement of lay men and women

Caoimhe de Barra said she was hugely honoured to be given the opportunity to lead Trócaire.

Caoimhe de Barra (48) takes up new role in October

Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square. Expert Ian Elliott says the pope’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure”. File photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/AP

More than 1,000 children in six dioceses molested by priests

Father Kris Stubna walks to the sanctuary following a mass to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St Paul Cathedral, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photograph:  Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Role of women seen as ‘first and most important’ of radical reforms needed

Pope Francis  in St Peter’s Square. Expert Ian Elliott says the pope’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure”.  File photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/AP

Worldwide ‘the problem is not managed effectively anywhere’

Ian Elliott, safeguarding consultant and first chief executive of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Ian Elliott, chief executive of church’s child protection body, said his work was resisted

Cardinal Sean O’Malley (from Boston)  outside St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin in 2010. File Photograph: PA

Second US Cardinal due in Dublin criticised in report for concealment of clergy abuse

Norah Casey  wondered why women who might want a symposium on such themes had not organised one themselves.

Norah Casey defends choice of speakers at World Meeting of Families’ ‘fringe event’

Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe Kenneth Kearon: ‘Families are at the heart of church and community in Ireland.’

An ‘opportunity to strengthen the warm ecumenical bonds that already exist’

The Allianz building at Elm Park, Booterstown, Co  Dublin. Last month Allianz lit up Munich’s Allianz Arena in rainbow colours to celebrate Pride and has marked Pride events in the UK, Australia and elsewhere internationally. Photograph: Eric Luke

Questions raised about similarities between RDS women’s symposium and Rome event

 Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Diarmuid Martin: ‘Not informed of any such interventions at that time by either side’

Pope John Paul II waves to cheering crowds from his Popemobile. Running behind schedule, his planned  stop on Séan McDermott Street never happened. Photograph:  Anwar Hussein/ Getty Images

Former pontiff sped through area ‘faster than a joyrider’

Dublin Archdiocese statement said  standing aside “does not imply the truth or falsehood”

Concerns brought to the diocese and reported to the gardaí, statement says

Pope John Paul II kisses thr ground on arrival in Dublin, 1979. Photograph: Mazpix

What sort of country will Pope Francis encounter? One where Mass attendance – though falling – is still among the highest in Europ(...)

In centuries ahead people will reflect on this current marathon masochism with fascination and bewilderment

Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan  said  the Sunday World report had actually been ‘wholly factually correct’. File photograph: Diocese of Limerick

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan said a Sunday World report he dismissed as ‘wholly incorrect’ was in fact ‘wholly factually correct’

 Cardinal Kevin Farrell, from Drimnagh in Dublin, speaking in 2017 at the  Dublin  conference – hosted by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin –  in preparation for this month’s World Meeting of Families. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Survivors claim each has questions to answer about known clerical child abusers

The ‘Voices of Impact: Women Leaders Shaping Global Change’, at the RDS on Saturday August 25th. as part of the World Meeting of families, will be chaired by broadcaster and entrepreneur Norah Casey. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Archbishop says event will ‘spotlight the role of women within the family alongside their role as change agents’

The Secret Village is in a ‘beautiful outdoor natural amphitheatre hidden in the woods’.

The ‘little pocket of mysticism’ features Well Dressed Hobos, Bunoscoinn and more

Former minister for foreign affairs Dermot Ahern. He  told Cardinal  Sodano “on no account could I give such an undertaking and that it was a matter that would have to be decided by the government anyhow”. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dermot Ahern says Cardinal Sodano ‘was quite blunt’

November 2004: Pope John Paul II meets former minister for foreign affairs Dermot Ahern, in his private library at the Vatican.  Photograph: Giampiero Sposito/AP Photo

It had been estimated in 2004 abuse crisis compensation would cost Irish dioceses €50m

 Coombe hospital: the bishops have no say in any maternity hospital in the State. None are run by the church. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Controversy about ethical codes overstates church influence in healthcare

Then president Mary McAleese meets with Pope Benedict  in the Vatican in 2005. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Church has pattern of withholding relevant documents from Irish State abuse inquiries

Former president Mary McAleese. The event in question occurred during a State visit to Italy when she met then Vatican secretary of state Angelo Sodano. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Mary McAleese called event ‘one of the most devastating moments in my presidency’

Those who had suffered “really do need to be included in some way”, Mary McAleese said. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Organisers of visit ‘found time to go to Knock’ and should find time too to meet survivors

It used to be an invitation to establish, without delay, what was being hidden

Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese speaks in DCU at the book launch of the book The Pope Francis Agenda by Donal Dorr. Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times.

Former president urges pope to make Ireland point at which ‘hope and history rhyme’

Pope Francis asked the Church’s teachings on the death penalty to be reformed last October.   Photograph: AP/Andrew Medichini

Pope Francis asks death penalty be made ‘inadmissible’ in Church Catechism

Colm O’Gorman was founder of the One in Four group, which assists abuse survivors.  File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Abuse survivors to gather at Garden of Remembrance during Pope’s visit

Marie Collins was abused by Fr Paul McGennis, then a chaplain at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin, where she had been a patient as a child in 1960. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

Pope ‘needs to commit to doing something to stop this cancer,’ says Marie Collins

Noel Burke, father of Mark Burke. “It was not unusual for Mark to go missing for weeks on end, says Noel, “but we’d always know where to find him”. Photograph: Tom Honan

Remains were dismembered by chisel, with face, hands, teeth and organs still missing

Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh pictured in 2009. He died on Sunday aged 84. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh became the first Franciscan to serve as a bishop in Ireland for over 170 years

It is understood the child was in the swimming pool at a villa on Marbella’s Golden Mile last Saturday morning when the fatality occurred. Photograph: Google Street  View

Child in swimming pool at villa on Marbella’s Golden Mile when the fatality occurred

The encyclical provoked a ferocious reaction among millions of practising Catholics.

Fifty years ago encyclical laid down terms of church’s ban on artifical contraception

The MacGill ‘manel’ controversy: I feel in this instance some women went too far

Éamonn Meehan, Trócaire executive director: “Last year was a year of incredible generosity from the Irish public”. Photograph: iStock

Funds enabled agency to help almost three million people in developing world

Pope Francis mugs among some of the range of  memorabilia and souvenirs on sale at the Veritas store on Dublin’s Abbey Street. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Tens of thousands expected at Phoenix Park next month to hear Pontiff say Mass

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin announce the publication of Pope Francis’s itinerary for the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We Are Church Ireland supports LGBTQI rights, but received no response to application

“My favourite has to be Kill Kenny. A guy here told me it’s named after that boy in South Park.”

Patsy McGarry: ‘I just love placenames here. Kill Dare, Killbeggin, Kill Kenny’

St Malachy’s seminary in Belfast is to close after 185 years.

Maynooth and Irish College in Rome are the remaining seminaries for diocesan priests

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin makes announcements regarding the Festival of Families. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

Prelate accepts responsibility for removal of same-sex pictures in booklets for gathering

Pope France will sit among the people on a platform “about 2ft high”. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis opts to sit among the faithful and not on stage with dignitaries at Croke Park

Rev Trevor Johnston, a member of the committee that set up the highly conservative Global Anglican Future Conference Ireland group. Photograph:

Northern Irish cleric Rev Trevor Johnston says ‘God seen as redundant’ in Republic

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said concerning clerical child sex-abuse scandals that young people’s “disgust at what happened is deep-rooted”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘Catholics must learn new ways in which they can win young hearts,’ says Diarmuid Martin

A total of 353,874 tickets were sold   for Pope Francis’ Mass in the Phoenix Park on the first day they went on sale. Photograph:  Andrew Medichini/AP

Over 353,000 tickets for pope’s Phoenix Park Mass booked on first day, says bishop

Former president Mary McAleese: “The church can become an enormous power, a surging power, a tsunami of good in the world.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ex-president says pope can also be ‘puzzling’ and church’s record on women is ‘poor’

Storming the Bastille

The myth of great heroism behind the French revolution was fake news

On the day of the papal Mass in the Phoenix Park stewards will be supported by Garda-vetted personnel. Photograph: Google Street View

Stewards to be provided with uniform and undertake training ahead of the occasion

Souvenir stamps for the World Meeting of Families gathering

Stamps on religious topics ‘always really popular with those attending events’

Matthew and Geraldine Stout lead the dig at Newgrange. Photograph: Seamus Farrelly

The first research excavations at the Co Meath site in more than 30 years have begun

Fr Tony Coote, who has motor neuron disease. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Walk While You Can: Fr Tony Coote travelling Ireland to raise funds to tackle disease

 Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect (head) of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, said “priests are not the best people to train others for marriage”. Photograph: Getty Images

Cardinal Kevin Farrell says priests have no credibility when it comes to training people for marriage

A shrine in the corner of an enclosed area on part of the site of the former mother and baby home run by the Bon Secours nuns in Tuam. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Many locals want only a memorial, while families favour total forensic excavation

An Post delivered a parcel by drone from Roonagh Pier in Mayo to Clare Island.

Delivery was 'prelude where similar flights to hard-to-reach locations are concerned'

The assembly decided same-sex couples could no longer be full members of the church, nor could their children be baptised. Photograph: Pacemaker

Ministers and elders express ‘hurt, dismay and anger’ following recent decisions

A file image of Pope John Paul II departing Ireland after his 1979 visit. An Oireachtas committee has heard that a 1981 document penned by him remains central to how sex education is taught in many of the State’s secondary schools. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea/The Irish Times.

Head of Joint Managerial Body addresses Oireachtas committee as part of RSE review

What more worthy regional accent was there in Ireland than that of Douglas Hyde?

Pope Francis   attended   the World Council of Churches in Geneva last month and will visit Ireland in August. Photograph: Getty Images

Summaries of what is discussed will be forwarded to Pope Francis

Pope Francis and Cardinal Kevin Farrell. Photograph: Diocese of Dallas

Pope Francis, ‘unnoticed, has gradually been putting women into positions of power’

 Pope Francis  greeting Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the Vatican. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach’s criticism based on ‘false facts and inaccurate jabber published in the papers’

Pope Francis delivers his speech to the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter’s Square on Sunday. Photograph:  Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

There are currently no plans to make extra tickets available for Knock visit

 Samson ‘Sam’ Mann (56) will be ordained a Spiritan priest – the first ordination for the Irish province of the Spiritans in 17 years, on Sunday, July 1st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Three new priests are being ordained in Ireland this week, in an era of dwindling vocations

Pope Francis is due to visit Ireland in August. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

One man who will not be attending papal Mass claims to have secured 800 tickets

Church of Ireland  Bishop Harold Miller. Photograph:  Diocese of Down and Dromore

Bishop Harold Miller says he ‘never once heard anyone speak harshly, in anger, aggressively’

Two Church of Ireland bishops’ attendance at Gafcon has been described as  “an absolute disgrace”. Photograph: iStock

Church of Ireland dean accuses conferenceof ‘tactical use of homophobic rallying calls’

Pope Francis waves as he leaves Geneva on June 21st  after a one-day visit at the invitation of the WWC. Phopotgraph:  AFP

Tickets for Knock and papal Mass in Phoenix Park available free from Monday morning

We had street gangs which began collecting tyres at New Year’s for the June bonfire

Former president of Ireland Dr Mary McAleese was installed as Lay Canon by Dean Dermot Dunne at   a Service of Choral Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

‘You can’t impose, really, obligations on people who are only two weeks old’

Former president of Ireland, Dr Mary McAleese, and her husband, Martin McAleese, at a Service of Choral Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Conscience in the Catholic Church is supreme, above teachings of Pope and bishops

 Sister Josephine (left), Sister Gabrielle (right)  (and their  youngest sister Ann (centre), who later left religious life. Photo courtesy of the Murray family

Teens left Ireland in 1951 to teach in first free Texan Catholic school for African Americans

Pope Francis will visit Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in August. File photograph: Martial Trezzini/AFP/Getty Images

Total of 500,000 passes available for Phoenix Park visit with 4,000 more stewards needed

Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, chairperson and speaker of the Federal National Council of the the United Arab Emirates parliament, received an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from DCU. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography.

Dr Amal Al Qubaisi ‘a figure of great historical significance’, Dr Martin McAleese says

We began our day at the Martello Tower in Sandycove where ‘Stately plump, Buck Mulligan’ began ‘Ulysses’

Anna May McHugh. Photograph: Alan Betson

Others taking part include George Mitchell, Mickey Harte and Anna May McHugh

The bishops  have called on politicians “who courageously defended the right to life of the unborn child” before last month’s abortion referendum to continue to do so “as a matter of principle”. Photograph: Tom Honan

Not respecting conscientious objections of medical staff a potential ‘great injustice’

Decision linked to declining demand and proliferation of other agencies

Bishop Paul Colton

Attitudes within churches ‘seems to be becoming more polarised, not less so’

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin announce publication of Pope Francis’s itinerary for the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

Access to all events by ticket, so no need to storm heaven with well-intentioned novenas

Independents 4 Change TD Clare Daly with Paul Redmond  of the Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors at a press conference at Buswells Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Survivors group says religious orders are ‘extorting the Government over past crimes’

Members of the Together for Yes Campaign call for abortion reform in Northern Ireland.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Anxiety at ‘spiritual malaise in that country and a determination to deny God’s word’

Archbishop  Diarmuid Martin of Dublin,  and Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin announce   Pope Francis’s itinerary for the World Meeting of Families 2018. Photograph:   Dara Mac Dónaill

Gay families welcome at World Meeting of Families events in Dublin, says Primate

(From left) Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, president and host of WMOF2018; and Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, announce the publication of Pope Francis’s itinerary for the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Numbers attending Phoenix Park Mass limited to 600,000, and 45,000 at Knock Shrine

I went silent, wondering whether the taxi driver was bored or tired and just did not want conversation

Ursula Halligan of the We Are Church Ireland group which has started a petition calling on the pope to change Vatican theological language “that is gravely insulting to LGBTQI people”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New Testament ‘unambiguously regards homosexual activity as contrary to nature’

Pope Francis will attend the Festival of Families in Croke Park on the evening of Saturday August 25th. Photograph:   Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Organisers appeal for more volunteers to assist with management of events

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Pontiff’s Phoenix Park Mass is expected to be the largest-ever ticketed event

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has agreed its moderator should meet  Pope Francis during his two-day visit here in August.  Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Ties with Church of Scotland loosened over latter’s recognition of same-sex marriage

NBSC chief executive Teresa Devlin  said “we believe that the upturn in reporting of abuse is linked to the media reporting of high profile abuse cases”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Most of the 135 allegations of abusive behaviour reported in last year occurred before 2000

Members of the public wait outside the Mansion House in Dublin to greet survivors of the Magdalene laundries. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The nun ‘locked the two of us into the oratory all night long with a corpse’

Jenny Attridge, from Bantry, Co Cork,  arriving for the  ‘Dublin Welcomes Home the Magdalenes’ event  at the Mansion House. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Banquet held in Dublin’s Mansion House for some 230 people incarcerated in laundries

 Magdalene survivors Breda Duffy and Martha Osmond, who were together in the Limerick Magdalene laundry. Photograph: Paul Sherwood

First time for many to speak freely to other women incarcerated in the laundries


Most take á la carte approach to faith and opt to go without regular church attendance

Pope Francis  has not changed church teaching on homosexuality. He has just interpreted it differently. Photograph: AFP Photo

Analysis: Faithful have the right to act in conscience and freedom when making moral decisions

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Angela Copley set up a support group for clerical child abuse survivors in Dublin’s Ballyfermot. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘To say I was humbled and honoured to have her in my life would be an understatement’

Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan. Photograph: Diocese of Limerick

Alphonsus Cullinan questions ‘the critical thinking ability of the Irish’

A cross at Wytschaete military cemetery which remembers the Irish who died in the liberation of the village during the Battle of Messines Ridge in June 1917. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy.

Cross-community delegation marking upcoming centenary of end of first World War


Practice known about for decades; the only thing new is its acknowledgement

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