Pope Francis waves to a crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square  in the Vatican. File photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

When Pope Francis comes to Ireland in two weeks’ time it will be 39 years since the last visit by a head of the Catholic Church. Since then the status(...)

Pope Francis reaches to hug prominent US archbishop emeritus Theodore McCarrick back in 2015:  McCarrick has resigned following allegations of sexual abuse. Photograph: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

The UK House of Commons International Development Committee published an important and troubling report this week, Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in th(...)

Marie Collins from One in Four: It is doubtful she will be moved by the new “understanding” currently wafting from some in the Vatican. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It has been said of some senior civil servants, in Ireland as elsewhere, that they believe governments are elected to carry out their will. Such Sir H(...)

Pope Francis addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter’s square in the Vatican during on Sunday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Migration, economic austerity, secularism, clerical sex abuse, falling attendance at Mass, the decline in priesthood vocations and the Catholic Churc(...)

  Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston:  “We all have a moral and ethical responsibility to report suspected abuse to the civil authorities who are charged with protecting our society.”     Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The Vatican has denied any change to its policy over the mandatory reporting of sex-abuse cases to civil authorities, after reports last week of a Va(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has responded to a new Vatican document on the reporting of claims of clerical abuse. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said all allegations of clerical abuse in Ireland must be reported to gardaí, responding to a new Vatican document sayi(...)

Pope Francis leading the Ash Wednesday mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

The Catholic church is telling newly appointed bishops that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that(...)

Peter Saunders:  criticised appointment  of controversial  bishop Juan Barros. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

UK child sex abuse lobbyist Peter Saunders, who was given a “leave of absence” from his role in the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for the Protecti(...)

Former president Mary McAleese has criticised the Catholic church’s view on corporal punishment. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The Catholic church’s support for the corporal punishment of children has been raised with Pope Francis by former president Mary McAleese, according t(...)

Marie Collins: Development a “very serious mater”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Abuse survivor Marie Collins has described as “sickening” apparent attempts to block an abuse survivor’s nomination to the Pope’s child protection com(...)

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