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Bono with  Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday, the U2 singer was meeting the pontiff to sign an agreement between Bono’s charity, ONE, and the Scholas Occurentes educational charity. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has been told by U2’s lead singer, Bono, that to many people in Ireland it looks as though the abusers in the Catholic Church “are being (...)

Pope Francis has called an emergency meeting of bishops’ conference heads  from across the world next February. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Pope Francis has called an emergency meeting of senior bishops from across the world next February as a new investigation uncovered evidence of at lea(...)

File image of Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. File photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has summoned senior Catholic bishops from across the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of minors, in his latest attempt to g(...)

Pope Francis is not really interested in institutionalism but, rather, in authentic love for all people. Photograph: Reuters

When Pope Francis arrived in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families (WmoF), he landed in the midst of intense controversy over clerical abuse and s(...)

 Kerry’s Denis Moran   outnumbered by Dublin’s Sean Doherty, Tommy Drumm, Brian Mullins and Robbie Kelleher (formerly Scoil Uí Chonail) during the All-Ireland final of 1976. Photograph: Tom Lawlor

Rahm Emanuel may have announced that he will not be seeking re-election next year as Mayor of Chicago but the former chief of staff in the Barack Obam(...)

In December, almost 200 nations agreed to limit plastic pollution of the oceans, warning it could outweigh fish by 2030. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters.

Pope Francis, who has spoken strongly for action against global warming in recent years, has called for people to work together to stop the world’s o(...)

Victims advocate Marie Collins (right) with Prof Gabriel Dy-Liacco of the  pontifical commission for the protection of minors (left) at  the World Meeting of Families at the RDS in Dublin last week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

With a few exceptions, Christianity is slowly dying in the developed world. There are lots of reasons but the failure by the Catholic Church worldwide(...)

Pope Francis during his visit to Dublin last Saturday. The group expected a half an hour maximum, but the pope heard them out for an hour and a half. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The most extraordinary meeting in the long history of the Catholic Church in Ireland was a hastily arranged affair. Eight survivors of clerical abuse(...)

As the afterglow of Pope Francis’s visit recedes, a Vatican emerges once more where things are as was. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has returned to Rome after his brief visit to Ireland where he charmed with his humility and his plea for forgiveness over the sexual abu(...)

Pope Francis arrives at his General Weekly Audience in St Peter’s Square,  Vatican City, Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Pope Francis has said clerical sexual abuse scandals in the Irish church have contributed to a low number of vocations to the priesthood. Speaking at(...)

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