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Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Photograph: YURI Kochetkov/Pool/AFP via Getty

Bulgarian prosecutors suspect Russian involvement in a string of arms depot explosions that they say destroyed ammunition bound for Ukraine and Georgi(...)

 Nuns and police during Pope Francis’s Sunday Regina Coeli prayer from the window of his office overlooking Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City, on Sunday. Phptograph: Riccardo Antimiani/EPA

While other European countries increase spending to support their pandemic-ravaged economies, the Vatican has been forced into a painful austerity dri(...)

Two Women Arranging Flowers in The Interior, Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur will be auctioned by Bonhams in Singapore. The painting, with an estimate of HK$1,800,000 –2,800,000 (€194,510–€302,505), was discovered two months ago in Dublin.

A never-before-seen painting by Indonesia-based Belgian painter Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur that came to Dublin via the Netherlands is now travelling back t(...)

Some Catholics already bless same-sex unions. Stories abound of good Fr So-and-So who blessed Bob and Bill, Olivia y Cristina, Jacques et Georges. Many priests remain too timid to give blessings themselves, but lay people, indeed whole communities, gather to affirm the goodness of couples who love.  Photograph:   Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Beware the Ides of March, the day Julius Caesar went to his reward in 44 BC. March 15th was also the day the responsum of the Congregation for the Doc(...)

Fr Gerry O’Connor of the Association of Catholic Priests: ‘The beauty of a blessing is that it recognises no barriers and no distance.’ Photograph: iStock

The Vatican statement last week sustaining a ban on same-sex blessings has drawn further criticism in Ireland, with Fr Gerry O’Connor of the Associati(...)

Pope Francis receiving in audience the Community of the Belgian Pontifical College on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of its foundation, at the Vatican City last Thursday. PHotograph: EPA

Language matters. In 1986 then dean of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict X(...)

Mary McAleese spoke of the document’s ‘unbearably vicious language which can only have brought more heartache to our gay children and to us their families’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former president Mary McAleese has criticised Pope Francis as a populist who raises expectations only to dash them, following a Vatican document publi(...)

Fr Brendan Hoban: ‘I suspect that priests will continue to use their own personal initiative in responding to the needs of LGBTQ Catholics at parish level.’ Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Catholic and LGBT groups in Ireland have expressed disappointment to the Vatican’s Monday statement sustaining a ban on blessing for same-sex relation(...)

A hoarding of Pope Francis and leading Irai Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf ahead of the pope’s visit to Iraq. Photograph: Ali Najafi/AFP via Getty Images

This Sunday Pope Francis will walk through the ruins of old Mosul in northern Iraq to pray in the remains of a cluster of ancient churches used as a h(...)

Ireland’s Catholic bishops have urged everyone to support the vaccination programmes

Ireland’s Catholic bishops have urged everyone to support the vaccination programmes in the Republic and Northern Ireland. The bishops also called o(...)

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