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Then president Mary McAleese meets with Pope Benedict  in the Vatican in 2005. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Concordats were very much in the air when then president of Ireland Mary McAleese met then Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Angelo Sodano on Novemb(...)

Former president Mary McAleese. The event in question occurred during a State visit to Italy when she met then Vatican secretary of state Angelo Sodano. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Former president Mary McAleese says she refused to discuss an attempt by the Vatican in 2003 to secure an agreement with Ireland that it would not acc(...)

Pope Francis waves to a crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square  in the Vatican. File photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

When Pope Francis comes to Ireland in two weeks’ time it will be 39 years since the last visit by a head of the Catholic Church. Since then the status(...)

Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese speaks in DCU at the book launch of the book The Pope Francis Agenda by Donal Dorr. Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times.

The abuse scandals in the Catholic Church were now entering “an even more disrupting chapter,” former president Mary McAleese has said. She quoted ve(...)

Pope Francis asked the Church’s teachings on the death penalty to be reformed last October.   Photograph: AP/Andrew Medichini

Pope Francis has directed that the teaching that “the death penalty is inadmissible” in all circumstances be inserted into the Catechism of the Catho(...)

Colm O’Gorman was founder of the One in Four group, which assists abuse survivors.  File photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Pope will meet abuse survivors as part of his visit to Ireland later this month, it is understood, though details of when and whom he will meet wi(...)

Marie Collins was abused by Fr Paul McGennis, then a chaplain at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin, where she had been a patient as a child in 1960. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times.

On his visit to Ireland Pope Francis must “say what he is going to do about abuse in the Church,” abuse survivor Marie Collins has said. A former me(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin said he is pushing the Vatican to have Pope Francis meet a cross-section of survivors of industrial schools, Magdalene laundries, mother and baby homes and those who suffered from clerical sex abuse during his visit to Ireland later this month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has said “time is very tight” for Pope Francis to meet survivors of church abuse during his visi(...)

Evelyn Gaynor, store manager at Veritas, with some of the range of Pope Francis memorabilia and souvenirs on sale at  on Dublin’s Abbey Street. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A Guinness-swilling, Irish dancing Francis and a solar-powered Pontiff who swings his hips on command are among the more “Popeular” products for sale (...)

US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick  was accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly five decades ago during his time as a priest in the Archdiocese of New York. File photograph: Danilo Schiavella/EPA.

Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington DC and one of the US Catholic Church’s mo(...)

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