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Pope Francis greets members of the faithful as he makes his way around St Peter’s Square yesterday.  Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

It was the “ Buona sera ” on the night of his election that said it all. Papa Francesco inten(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny flanked by Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio (left), Bishop of Brooklyn, and Monsignor Michael J Curran (right), pastor of St Thomas More Church, hi-fives an alter girl as he arrived for St Patrick's Day Mass today.Photograph: Michael Nagle/Getty Images

It was a sobering start to St Patrick’s Day for Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the visiting Irish delegation in New York as they toured the Superstor(...)

Pope Francis has sent a greeting to the people of Ireland to mark St Patrick's Day. Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown deli(...)

Man of the people: Cardinal Bergoglio drinks mate, a traditional beverage, in Buenos Aires earlier this  month. Photograph: DyN/AP Photo
Pope without pomp

It was Benedict who did it. There has never been an interregnum like the one just experienced by the Catholic Church, a period that led to the(...)

Vatican ambassador to Nicaragua Fortunatus Nwachukwu applauds as he watches a local television channel in Managua announce the election of Pope Francis. Photograph: Reuters

Some social commentators have argued in recent years that as a society we are retreating from simultaneous consumption of mass media into indiv(...)

Blanket coverage: Bryan Dobson, one of the platoon of journalists RTÉ deployed to the Vatican this week

Near the end of the 1980s I was dispatched as a neophyte reporter, along with a photographer, to Croom, in Co Limerick, to report on the refusa(...)

Almost 40 percent of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America, but Rome’s old monopoly over the region has been broken. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters.

As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio got to know the challenges his church confronts in Latin America, home to the world’s g(...)

Pope Francis waves from the steps of the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome yesterday, as he went for a half-hour personal moment of prayer. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi

As you might expect, the mood in the Domus Santa Marta, the Vatican lodgings where all the cardinals stay during a conclave, was a festive one (...)

Roman Catholics celebrate the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio  at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Agustin Marcarian/Reuters

impossible to avoid in Argentina. The news is on television and hastily made T-shirts, and it has even replaced the numbers on the huge (...)

A picture of Pope Francis in a souvenir shop near the Vatican today. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Patsy McGarry, in Rome This morning Pope Francis met most of the 206 members of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican's Clementine Hall(...)

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