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Pope Francis has called an emergency meeting of bishops’ conference heads  from across the world next February. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Pope Francis has called an emergency meeting of senior bishops from across the world next February as a new investigation uncovered evidence of at lea(...)

File image of Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. File photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has summoned senior Catholic bishops from across the world to the Vatican to discuss the protection of minors, in his latest attempt to g(...)

Teresa Devlin of the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ten historic child abuse allegations against six priests since 2010 have been found in a second review of child protection in the Catholic diocese of (...)

Rescue workers carry fatally injured New York City Fire Department chaplain, Fr Mychal Judge, from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11th, 2001. Judge was the first official victim of the 9/11 attacks. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Often, Irish identity abroad is linked to a number of accepted traits. At times, this idealised identity has not seemed flexible enough to contain dif(...)

Pope Francis is not really interested in institutionalism but, rather, in authentic love for all people. Photograph: Reuters

When Pope Francis arrived in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families (WmoF), he landed in the midst of intense controversy over clerical abuse and s(...)

 Christy Lynch, the South West Regional President of the charity, said while  he does not believe it was the man’s intention to spend the money on the race meeting, there had been reputational damage to St Vincent de Paul.

An “act of bravado” by a college student has seen a cheque he received from St Vincent de Paul to secure his college place being cancelled. The young(...)

Pope Francis:  Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin (centre) says the people of Dublin responded with generosity and enthusiasm to his visit. Photograph: Vatican Media/via Reuters

Those who saw the recent visit of Pope Francis as the end of the Catholic Church in Ireland had “really lost the understanding of what the church is,”(...)

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy: “We must do more to encourage those who have been abused in any way but have not already come forward, to report their abuse.” Photograph:  Arthur Ellis

Ireland and the Catholic Church must build a new relationship, where the church stands ready “at the service of the Irish people”, the Catholic Bishop(...)

 Michael Fitzsimons of Dublin and Peter Harte  of Tyrone in action on Sunday’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

If there’s a rival to Gaelic football as Ireland’s national sport, it’s certainly not hurling. No. For sheer popularity, and the depth of feeling it g(...)

I had not been to Knock for decades. After the pope’s visit, I planned to mooch around the village to see what memories it would stir up. I never expected it to be emotional. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/Getty Images

The man in the souvenir shop in Knock observed my media lanyard and concluded I wasn’t your typical pilgrim buying rosary beads and scapulars. “Are y(...)

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