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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(...)

Would you believe?

In 2007, Cristian Mungiu ’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days , a study of abortion in Nicolae Ce(...)

NEW YORK TIMES : “With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chape(...)

Newly elected Pope Francis I (2nd R), Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, walks in the 5th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore during a private visit today. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Yesterday afternoon, by mistake, someone at the Italian Bishops Conference sent off a telegram of congratulations to Car(...)

White smoke rises from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican last night, indicating a new pope has been elected. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The tasks facing Pope Francis I are truly enormous and, while just about everyone wishes him well, you do have to wonder how a man of 76 will b(...)

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