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Pope Francis: seen by many as separate from the institution he leads, and which he himself struggles to reform. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

It is the story of a photograph: four cardinals, all Irish, and one president, Mary McAleese. The occasion was the elevation in 2007 of the then prima(...)

Pope Francis speaks with Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin before the Wednesday general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters
An important visit

Confirmation this week that Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families in Dublin next August is welcome news, in particular for the almost(...)

Msgr Joseph Murphy: Head of  protocol office at Vatican’s Secretariat of State

Cork man Msgr Joseph Murphy has been appointed head of the protocol office at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State in Rome. The office deals with rela(...)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien: recused himself from the 2013 Vatican conclave that elected Pope Francis.

Funeral arrangements for Antrim-born Cardinal Keith O’Brien (80), who died on Monday, have yet to be decided by the Vatican. Former Archbishop of St(...)

Pope Francis in Rome,  March 19th. Photograph: EPA/Fabio Frustaci

The Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI) has said it “strongly supports Pope Francis’s desire” to make the World Meeting of Families (WMoF 2018) (...)

Former President Mary McAleese addressing the Voices of Faith conference in Rome. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

A Catholic priest has urged fellow clergy and members of the faithful not to take part in the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass because it is a celebration of(...)

Former president Mary McAleese addressing  a Voices of Faith conference in Rome on March 8th. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

Today, March 13th, is the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. In the years since I don’t think he has ever been challenged in quite the(...)

Pope Francis: there have been no significant changes in church teaching or discipline since he was elected – and it is now hard to see any taking place under him. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

Last Wednesday evening in Rome was much like that of March 13th, 2013: damp and drizzly with an air of no great expectation. Sightseers and pilgrims w(...)

The Catholic Church ‘has long since been a primary global carrier of the virus of misogyny,’ former president Mary McAleese has said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Catholic Church “has long since been a primary global carrier of the virus of misogyny,” former president Mary McAleese has said. “It has never (...)

“Papers relating to a trial against Sister Benedetta Carlini of Vellano, abbess of the Theatine nuns of Pescia”

Everyone knows about the trial of Galileo for his heretical insistence that the earth moved around the sun, a belief he was forced to recant while – a(...)

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