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Pope Francis  shakes hands with Minister for Children Katherine Zappone at Áras an Uachtaráin in  Dublin. Photograph:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Minister for Children Katherine Zappone has told Pope Francis that she believes the Catholic Church should “contribute substantially to the cost” of r(...)

A child during the World Meeting of Families closing Mass in the Phoenix Park. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

At major public events, when a child is lost, it’s not unusual to hear an announcement calling for a parent to claim their little darling. Not much (...)

Pope Francis waves from the steps of his Aer Lingus jet  during a farewell ceremony upon his departure at Dublin Airport in Dublin on Sunday evening. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has made a plea for forgiveness at the closing event of a two-day trip to Ireland which has been dominated by the issue of sexual and ins(...)

Clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, a former member of the Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors, met Pope Francis on Saturday along with other surviours of clerical abuse. Photograph: AFP

Pope Francis referred to those who cover up child abuse in the Catholic Church as “caca” – the Spanish word which the official translator interpreted (...)

The Ireland Pope Francis arrives in this morning is very different to that visited by Pope John Paul in 1979. Dublin too is very different to the city(...)

Vekash Khokhar at the Backstage Theatre, Longford. The space has become a lifeline for him. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

An online petition calling for the Minister for Justice to grant a nurse from Pakistan permission to remain in Ireland has attracted nearly 6,000 sign(...)

Members of the choir of St John The Baptist Catholic Church in Killeagh, Co Cork,  who are to sing at the World Meeting of Families this week. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

When a lay person gets involved in the church and takes on roles, there is a tendency to use the word “duties.” However, Mary Smiddy of the Killeagh(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said he hoped Pope Francis would ‘speak frankly about our past but also about our future’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors is too small and not robust enough, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. The commissio(...)

Rosie, in the bathroom that she built with her late husband. “I mixed the bricks and mortar with my husband and handed it up to him on the ladder,” she says. The 88 year-old woman, who fled a Dublin nursing home in 2016, has returned happily to the home she bought with her late husband in 1954

The first time Rosie tried to “escape” from the nursing home, she packed her suitcase and sat by the door for nine hours, refusing food, water and med(...)

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is building a coalition of minority voters, topped up with liberal whites. Photograph: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

The world did not always notice, so absorbed was it in the fact of his blackness, but Barack Obama sought to de-emphasise race. Had events not forced (...)

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