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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 (...)

 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(...)

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