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 Pope Francis  in the Paul VI hall, in Vatican City on  Wednesday. Photograph: EPA/Vatican media handout

Questions swirled on Thursday about the origins of Pope Francis’s bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions, with all evidence suggesting he (...)

The pope has appeared to break with the position of the  Catholic Church by supporting civil unions for same-sex couples, according to remarks he made in a new documentary. File photograph:  Lauren DeCicca/Getty

Pope Francis has said that homosexuals should be protected by civil union laws in some of the clearest language he has used on the rights of gay peop(...)

I now accept that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican may well have done me a favour when they intervened in my life eight years ago and decreed that I could no longer perform public ministry as a priest. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

In this increasingly uncertain world there is a strong inclination to cling to whatever might give us some sense of security. Life is fragile, and in (...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin last month said last month of Level 3 restrictions that “no matter how they may sadden us” they were “appropriate at this time.” Photograph:  Joe St Leger

Ireland’s four Catholic Archbishops made an unrealistic request in asking Taoiseach Micheál Martin to allow them special arrangements where Covid-19 r(...)

Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives at his residence in Rome, Italy on September 30th. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

A former senior Vatican cardinal, whose resignation was accepted by Pope Francis last month, has been accused of using €700,000 of Catholic Church fun(...)

Businessman Seán Quinn: One worker said the passage of time meant more younger workers with no loyalty to the company founder. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Two men sat in the large comfortable foyer of the Slieve Russell Hotel in Co Cavan one afternoon this past week discussing Seán Quinn, former owner of(...)

The figure includes   an unspecified number undergoing a one-year pre-seminary programme for those considering whether they have a vocation. File photograph: Getty Images

A total of 13 men have begun training for the Catholic priesthood in Ireland this year including an unspecified number undergoing a one-year pre-semin(...)

The then newly elevated cardinal, Giovanni Angelo Becciu from Italy, pictured in June 2018. Photograph:  Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

One of the Vatican’s most powerful cardinals has resigned suddenly amid an ongoing investigation into the suspected misuse of Catholic charitable fund(...)

University lecturer Marie Fleming with her partner Tom Curran and son Simon Fleming at the High Court in 2013. Photograph: Alan Betson

TD Gino Kenny’s Dying with Dignity Bill has reopened an important debate about the right of doctors to assist the terminally ill end their lives at a (...)

 Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has voiced concern that some are underestimating the current public health situation in Dublin.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has expressed concern at parishes coming under pressure to rush through First Communion and Confirma(...)

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