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The Vatican: The Catholic Church considers that abortion is the worst sin a human can commit, and that terrorism and child sexual abuse are less serious sins.

In 2009, a nine-year-old Brazilian child had to have an emergency abortion when her mother brought her to hospital with stomach pains. The doctors dis(...)

Canon Thomas Deenihan, who has admitted to suffering many sleepless nights since he was informed of Pope Francis’s decision. Photograph:  John McElroy

Pope Francis has appointed Canon Thomas Deenihan, a priest from the Diocese of Cork and Ross, as the new Bishop of Meath. Canon Deenihan will replace(...)

A migrant eating food supplied by the Italian coastguard on the Médecins Sans Frontières vessel “Aquarius”. The vessel is set to land at Valencia on June 16th. Photograph: AFP Photo/SOS Mediterranee /Kenny Karpov

Italy and France tried to patch up a row over immigration on Thursday as Pope Francis urged politicians everywhere to work together on helping refugee(...)

Anna May McHugh. Photograph: Alan Betson

The first-ever debate on child safeguarding in the 25-year history of the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin in Aug(...)

The World Meeting of Families takes place in Dublin in August

The fourth international gathering of the Church Reform Network takes place in Bratislava this week, from June 11th to 15th. This network, which is ma(...)

Ursula Halligan of the We Are Church Ireland group which has started a petition calling on the pope to change Vatican theological language “that is gravely insulting to LGBTQI people”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Same-sex couples can no longer be full members of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland nor can their children be baptised, the church’s general assembly(...)

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Pope Francis will pay a brief visit to the Marian Shrine at Knock, Co Mayo, and may meet prisoners and clerical abuse survivors, as part of his visit (...)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Photograph: Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images

A right-wing Hindu nationalist organisation linked to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused the country(...)

In April 1983 Muhammad Ali set off on an eventful roadtrip. Photo: Getty Images

A tale of two small towns and the champ. Standing in the Smoky Hills of the Great Plains of Kansas, the population of Bunker Hill goes up and down bu(...)

The Villa Spada, the Irish embassy in Rome. Derek Hannon is to replace Emma Madigan as teh new ambassador to the Holy See in the Vatican.

The Government has agreed a series of ambassadorial appointments, finalising a round of changes in Ireland’s diplomatic representation around the worl(...)

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