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Today I never wear a clerical collar. I feel embarrassed to be identified as representing a clerical caste that permitted abuse. Photograph: iStock

When Archbishop Desmond Connell ordained me to the priesthood on October 2nd, 1988, it seemed a good time to be a priest in Ireland. Fresh-faced and e(...)

Pope Francis shaking hands with Br Kevin Crowley at the Capuchin Day Centre on Bow Street in Dublin, as part of his visit to Ireland last month. Photograph: Maxwell Photography/PA Wire

My father died when I was five. Yet I found myself thinking of him often during the visit of Pope Francis. He once told me: “Those who like you from t(...)

A woman walks past the Holy Family Catholic Church in Taipei. There are 12-30 million Catholics in China. Photograph: Daniel Shih

It’s nearly 70 years since the Communists swept to power in China and the Roman Catholic Church was driven out by the fiercely secular order of Mao Ze(...)

Rescuers search to retrieve bodies from the water after a ferry overturned off the shores of Ukerewe Island on Lake Victoria, Tanzania. Photograph: Reuters

The captain of a ferry which sank on Lake Victoria has been arrested as the death toll from the disaster climbed above 130. Tanzania’s president John(...)

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(...)

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