Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Pope Francis will pay a brief visit to the Marian Shrine at Knock, Co Mayo, and may meet prisoners and clerical abuse survivors, as part of his visit (...)

Pray for Baz

If there is a heaven, it seems entirely possible that Baz Ashmawy, a charismatic man blessed with schoolboy cheek, will try to blag his way into it, e(...)

 President Michael D Higgins with Br  Kevin Crowley during a visit to the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin’s Smithfield. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Irish people must ask themselves tough questions as to how the homelessness issue can be solved, President Michael D Higgins has said. “As the y(...)