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 The papal cross in the Phoenix Park where the pope will celebrate Mass in August. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Irish Rail has warned those attending Pope Francis’s Phoenix Park Mass that its routes to Dublin on the day are nearly all sold out. It said all tick(...)

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy  said to acknowledge with gratitude the good can never eclipse recognition of sin, criminality and evil. File photograph: Arthur Ellis

The visit of Pope Francis to Ireland is a pivotal moment for the church to acknowledge its past, good and bad, the Catholic Bishop of Limerick has sai(...)

Pope Francis waves before his Angelus prayer after a Mass for Italian youths at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The pope is coming. So, what exactly is happening? The World Meeting of Families festival kicks off in the RDS and around the country on Tuesday, Aug(...)

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

Pope Francis is to visit Seán McDermott Street in Dublin’s city centre briefly on Saturday, August 25th. During his 1979 visit to Ireland, Pope John (...)

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

Watching the second part of the quite superb RTÉ documentary series The Game last Monday night, I was struck by the fervour of the crowds in Croke Par(...)

Declan O’Callaghan  photographed in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There is a joke doing the rounds in Ballaghaderreen. “What does it cost to post a letter in Ballagh?” goes the opening line. “Ohhh, around €1,800,” go(...)

Pope Francis waves to a crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square  in the Vatican. File photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

When Pope Francis comes to Ireland in two weeks’ time it will be 39 years since the last visit by a head of the Catholic Church. Since then the status(...)

Morgan Pinder, of Gurteen, Clare Island, Co Mayo, is believed to have died instantly in the single-vehicle crash near his home. File photograph: Google Street View

An island community is in mourning following the death in a road incident early today of a 13-year-old schoolboy. Morgan Pinder, of Gurteen, Clare Is(...)

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

The Pope will meet abuse survivors as part of his visit to Ireland later this month, it is understood, though details of when and whom he will meet wi(...)

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

Requiem Masses will be held in Dublin and Ennis, Co Clare this week for Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh, former Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, who died on Sun(...)

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