Pope Francis and  Cardinal Kevin Farrell. Photograph: diocese of Dallas

Cardinal Kevin Farrell (70) is the most senior Irishman at the Vatican and one of two brothers serving there. His older brother Bishop Brian Farrell (...)

Seán Lemass with Dr Jeremiah Newman (left) and the Very Rev Maurice Morrissey (in 1963):  Dr Newman said Catholic politicians were “not entitled to follow their consciences in a void, as though a teaching authority did not exist in the Catholic Church”. Photograph: Tommy Collins

FIONA GARTLAND Confidential notes from officials working at the Irish Embassy to the Holy See reveal concerns over legislation liberalising the acces(...)