Pope Francis arrives at his General Weekly Audience in St Peter’s Square,  Vatican City, Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Pope Francis has said clerical sexual abuse scandals in the Irish church have contributed to a low number of vocations to the priesthood. Speaking at(...)

 Olive Foley, widow of rugby coach Anthony Foley told the World Meeting of Families her husband  ‘would be very proud and very happy’ that all those  he ‘soldiered with’ were joined together ‘as one great family’. Photograph:  Collins

Olive Foley, widow of Munster rugby coach Anthony Foley, delivered an emotional tribute to the “family of sport” that supported her and her family aft(...)

Fr James Martin speaking at the World Meeting of Families in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

People from the LGBT+ community have been treated like “lepers” within the Catholic Church, a high profile American Jesuit priest has said. Speaking(...)

Sr Lucyna Wisniowska at the World Meeting of Families festival in the RDS.

Maria O’Sullivan was one of the younger faces among the crowd on the opening day of the World Meeting of Families at the RDS on Wednesday. Ms O’Sull(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and President of the World Meeting of Families 2018,  raised concerns about difficulty around the low number of people who have come forward to speak out about abuse during a press conference at Dublin’s RDS. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The judicial system could make it easier for victims of child sex abuse by priests and other clergy to come forward, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Mar(...)

At the opening ceremony Archbishop Martin reflected briefly on the nature of families and how they had changed over the years, with different opportunities and challenges in the modern world. Photograph: Tom Honan

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin greeted families in the “variety of their expressions” at the opening prayer service of the World Meeting of Families on Tu(...)

 Andrea Bocelli,  in concert in Collins Barracks, Cork. File Photograph: Provision

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is to perform at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin later this month. He will take part in the Festival of Families(...)

Pope Francis: there was surprise and delight when he announced that the next meeting would be in Dublin.  Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Pope Francis has promised that either he or his successor will attend the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August 2018 and, naturally, the organ(...)