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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

The year 2004 was a significant one in the long, tortured annals of the clerical child sex-abuse scandal in Ireland. Particularly significant was the (...)

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

Concordats were very much in the air when then president of Ireland Mary McAleese met then Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Angelo Sodano on Novemb(...)

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

Former president Mary McAleese says she refused to discuss an attempt by the Vatican in 2003 to secure an agreement with Ireland that it would not acc(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Government intended to let local groups take the lead in marking events of the period. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called for honesty and inclusiveness in commemorating the centenary of various events during the War of Independence and th(...)

Gardaí investigating images of a man wearing clerical garb engaging in a sex act with another man on the altar of a church are hoping to  establish whether the pictures are authentic or created digitally. File photograph: iStockPhoto

Gardaí investigating images of a man wearing clerical garb engaging in a sex act with another man on the altar of a church are hoping to soon establis(...)

“The concept of termination was so vigorously promoted that a ‘group-think’ has come to the fore,” said the Bishop of Cloyne Dr William Crean. Photograph: Catholic Communications Office/PA Wire.

People should not focus solely on individual stories, no matter how sad and tragic they may be, when voting in the forthcoming referendum to repeal th(...)

Msgr Joseph Murphy: Head of  protocol office at Vatican’s Secretariat of State

Cork man Msgr Joseph Murphy has been appointed head of the protocol office at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State in Rome. The office deals with rela(...)

Dr John McAreavey will remains Bishop of Dromore until Pope Francis accepts his resignation. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Despite announcing his resignation earlier this month Dr John McAreavey remains on as Bishop of Dromore until his standing down is accepted by Pope Fr(...)

Irish philosopher George Berkeley, the Bishop of Cloyne and a noted metaphysician who declared: ‘To be is to be perceived’. Image: Hulton Archive

A scientific explanation of the “hard problem” of how the material structure of the brain underpins consciousness would represent a major coup for sci(...)

According to an undertaker, the practice of holding removals in churches has led to wedding rehearsals and practice for Holy Communion having to be cancelled. Photograph: Getty Images

From Barry Roche, Cork Churches are not suitable places for wakes, a Catholic bishop has decreed in new guidelines designed to stop the growing pract(...)

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