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Former Australian archbishop Philip Wilson leaves a court in Newcastle, Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

The most senior Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse has been ordered by an Australian court to serve his one-year sentence in hom(...)

Preparations under way at the papal cross in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, for the visit of Pope Francis as part of the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Unlike Pope John Paul II in 1979 who, with his training as an actor, took to the Irish stage with alacrity, Pope Francis will be chewing on his lip as(...)

 Work continues at the site of the World Meeting of Families  Mass at the Phoenix Park in Dublin, at which Pope Francis will be the chief celebrant. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The cost of the 32-hour visit to Ireland of Pope Francis is expected to compute at about €1 million an hour. “This is bigger than the Queen, bigger t(...)

 Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he has no further information on contacts between the Vatican and then president Mary McAleese and then (...)

Pope Francis waves before his Angelus prayer after a Mass for Italian youths at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

The pope is coming. So, what exactly is happening? The World Meeting of Families festival kicks off in the RDS and around the country on Tuesday, Aug(...)

Is there anything you’d like to say Pope Francis? In advance of his visit to Ireland on August 25th, we are asking readers to write a letter to the po(...)

Pope John Paul II kisses thr ground on arrival in Dublin, 1979. Photograph: Mazpix

Watching the second part of the quite superb RTÉ documentary series The Game last Monday night, I was struck by the fervour of the crowds in Croke Par(...)

Bishop of Stockholm Anders Arborelius, Sweden’s first cardinal, says young people in the country are open and curious about Catholicism.

Expectations for the World Meeting of Families must be modest. This is not a full-fledged papal visit, like 1979. Pope Francis is here to attend the w(...)

 Cardinal Kevin Farrell, from Drimnagh in Dublin, speaking in 2017 at the  Dublin  conference – hosted by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin –  in preparation for this month’s World Meeting of Families. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

A group representing clerical child sex survivors worldwide has written an open letter to Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin seeking the re(...)

In Ireland later this month, Pope Francis might explain how, at last, the Vatican plans to get its house in order on the sexual abuse issue. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

It is frequently the case that, though something is strongly suspected to be true, it comes as a shock when it is finally confirmed. Such happened thi(...)

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