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Pope John Paul II in Galway in 1979. Photograph: The Irish Times

When Pope Francis flies into Ireland West Airport for his brief visit to Knock shrine on Sunday week, he will have to atone for past sins, not least (...)

Cardinal Séan O’Malley: “Catholics have lost patience with us, and civil society has lost confidence in us.” Photograph: Getty Images

The chair of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors has warned that “the clock is ticking” for the Catholic hierarchy when it comes to (...)

Pope Francis: “It is not about him, it is about the unresolved agony, the anguish that is ongoing and is unaddressed, and cries about to be addressed,” said Fr McCafferty. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

A Belfast priest has said Pope Francis should cancel his visit to Ireland because of the issue of clerical sex abuse. Fr Patrick McCafferty told his (...)

Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square. Expert Ian Elliott says the pope’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure”. File photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/AP

The Vatican has expressed “shame and sorrow” for sex abuse by priests in its first response to a US grand jury report published last Tuesday. The Pe(...)

Pope Francis  in St Peter’s Square. Expert Ian Elliott says the pope’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure”.  File photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/AP

Pope Francis’s record on child protection “has been a dismal failure” and “he needs to come [to Ireland] with a mindset that it’s not good enough to s(...)

Cardinal Sean O’Malley (from Boston)  outside St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin in 2010. File Photograph: PA

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, chair of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors has announced he will not be attending the World Meeting of Fam(...)

The report faulted Cardinal Donald Wuerl (pictured), the former long-time bishop of Pittsburgh who now leads the Washington archdiocese, for what it said was his part in the concealment of clergy sexual abuse. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

More than a thousand children were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses, while senior church officials took ste(...)

Work under way at the site of the World Meeting of Families Phoenix Park Mass with Pope Francis.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The ringing of bells usually indicates celebration, but bells also alert communities to imminent danger. When Pope Francis is welcomed by President Mi(...)

 Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he has no further information on contacts between the Vatican and then president Mary McAleese and then (...)

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(...)

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