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Pope Francis during his visit to Dublin last Saturday. The group expected a half an hour maximum, but the pope heard them out for an hour and a half. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The most extraordinary meeting in the long history of the Catholic Church in Ireland was a hastily arranged affair. Eight survivors of clerical abuse(...)

Vekash Khokar  at the Backstage Theatre, Longford. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

A Pakistani nurse who left Ireland on Monday after receiving a deportation order was informed the morning after his departure that his asylum status i(...)

Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

An Irish Catholic bishop has said he hopes Pope Francis introduces structures of accountability at the Vatican which “ensure that child safeguarding w(...)

Vekash Khokar with Mona Considine, general manager of the Backstage Theatre, Longford. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

A Pakistani nurse who performed on the Abbey Theatre stage on Monday afternoon has left Ireland after receiving a deportation order. Vekash Khokhar, (...)

Pope Francis: It will require courage and creativity to ensure  there is a legacy to last week’s events and  they are not a one-off fireworks display. Photograph: Vatican Media

In the course of a 1957 lecture, French writer Albert Camus said: “An oriental wise man always used to ask the divinity in his prayers to be so kind a(...)

Philomena Lee: “I do pray within my heart that something good will come out of this. It was so awful.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Mother and baby home survivor Philomena Lee has called on Pope Francis to match his words with deeds to help those who have been harmed by the Catholi(...)

An aerial view of the crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin as Pope Francis attended the closing Mass at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Liam McBurney-Pool/Getty Images.

An organiser of Sunday’s papal Mass in the Phoenix Park has estimated that 200,000 people attended the Dublin event, based on the amount of communion (...)

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(...)

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