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A papal visit to the North would have resulted in demonstrations from evangelical Protestants. Photograph: Reuters

As much as he wishes it were otherwise Fr Michael McGinnity doesn’t expect Pope Francis will find time to deviate from his tight two-day itinerary and(...)

National collections and appeals for the World Meeting of Families  started last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Catholic Church is trying to plug a €5 million hole in its fundraising for the visit of Pope Francis. Just days before the pontiff arrives in Ir(...)

A Chinese Catholic is baptised during at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing. The total number of Catholics in China is estimated at between 12 million and 30 million. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing, China’s oldest Catholic church, has been at the burning heart of struggles between religious co(...)

Religious statues on sale in Knock, Co Mayo, where Pope Francis will visit later this month. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The visit of Pope Francis to Ireland this weekend was “a once-in-a-generation chance” for the Vatican to accept its role in the cover-up of clerical c(...)

In 2011, Ian Elliott and his team began reviews of child safeguarding in all Ireland’s 26 Catholic dioceses and at all of its religious congregations. File photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Vatican could learn from how the Irish Catholic Church has addressed the clerical child sex abuse issue in parishes, dioceses and religious congre(...)

Independent TD Mattie McGrath said the majority of Irish people will be happy to see Pope Francis visit Ireland this weekend.

Independent TD Mattie McGrath said criticism of the Catholic Church in the lead up to the papal visit to Ireland has been excessive and said he will t(...)

 Pope Francis, who is due to arrive in Ireland on Saturday for a two-day visit. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Clerical sex abuse survivors have criticised an open letter from Pope Francis, in which he apologises to victims and says “no effort will be spared to(...)

Anne Barrett Doyle said Pope Francis could “contribute enormously to the public record in Ireland” by releasing the names of the 3,400 priests the Vatican had found guilty of abuse under canon law over a decade. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pope Francis should introduce zero tolerance into canon law if he is to follow his words with actions to prevent the clerical sexual abuse of children(...)

Abuse survivor Colm O’Gorman said while Pope Francis had said the church must seek forgiveness for its sins, he did not acknowledge its “wilful cover up of those very crimes”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Pope’s letter has been criticised for not adequately addressing the issues of accountability for abuse or for the cover up of crimes. Survivor C(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said he hoped Pope Francis would ‘speak frankly about our past but also about our future’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors is too small and not robust enough, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. The commissio(...)

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