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 Pope Francis said he was ‘very conscious’ of the circumstances of ‘our most vulnerable brothers and sisters’.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Pope Francis, in the first speech of his visit to Ireland, has recognised how the Church’s failure to address the “repugnant crimes” of clerical sexua(...)

Pope Francis planted a tree during his visit to Áras an Uachtaráin, watched by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Syrian asylum seekers were among those in attendance when Pope Francis planted an Irish oak tree at Áras an Uachtaráin on Saturday. The tree was plan(...)

the Vatican confirmed that the pope “does not and has never received a salary”. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool/Getty Images

As you’ll know unless you’ve spent the last few weeks sequestered in a beehive hut on Puffin Island, the pope is due to touch down in Ireland at 10.30(...)

No long term strategic planning by the Irish bishops, said Fr Bernard Cotter. Photograph: iStock

The Catholic Church in Ireland has failed to make any proper preparation for the priestless future awaiting it, an Irish priest has warned. Fr Bernar(...)

Abuse survivor Marie Collins takes part in a panel meeting on the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults at the Pastoral Congress at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland August 24th, 2018. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The fear of a “domino effect” and how deep and wide the clerical abuse scandal goes is behind the Catholic Church’s reluctance to investigate it prope(...)

Noel Jennings, fire and security duty officer at Ireland West Airport Knock, pulling weeds beside the statue of Msgr Horan in preparation for the visit of Pope Francis. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

In the small convenience store in the terminal building of Ireland West Airport – Knock to you and me – there’s a modest book section which those inte(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin during the World Meeting of Families in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Archbishop of Armagh Dr Eamon Martin says Pope Francis’s meeting with survivors of clerical abuse will be a “sacred moment” during his visit to Ir(...)

Somebody’s Child mural covered up in Temple Bar. Photograph: Mannix Flynn

Netting used to cover the “Somebody’s Child” mural in Temple Bar on Wednesday night was put up deliberately in preparation for a new mural ahead of th(...)

 Independent TD Mattie McGrath: ‘Just go away and let the people that want to enjoy the pope, enjoy him’. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Former President Mary McAleese should “get off the stage” and stop criticising the Catholic Church, Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said. He claim(...)

In Pennsylvania, church figures suggested the use of euphemisms – to never say “rape” but instead say “inappropriate contact” or “boundary issues”. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

Reading the Pennsylvanian grand jury report is an encounter with the dark side of humanity. We are all too familiar with the Murphy, Ryan (2009) and C(...)

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