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 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(...)

Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

An Irish Catholic bishop has said he hopes Pope Francis introduces structures of accountability at the Vatican which “ensure that child safeguarding w(...)

 Different times: Pope Francis arrives at the Phoenix Park for Mass on Sunday. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

How was it for you? Glass half full or glass half empty? Or just someone else’s cup of Catholic cheer? Once upon a time, more than a million Irish (...)

The Pope’s visit to Ireland, the first since Pope John Paul II’s overwhelming reception in 1979, would always have made global headlines. However, ag(...)

A former top Vatican official has accused Pope Francis of having known of allegations of sex abuse by a prominent US cardinal for five years before accepting his resignation.  Photograph: PA

A retired Vatican diplomat has called on Pope Francis to resign, claiming he was aware of abuse allegations against a prominent figure in the church h(...)

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