The encyclical provoked a ferocious reaction among millions of practising Catholics.

Fifty years ago this week, former government minister Mary O’Rourke was a teacher in Athlone while studying for a H Dip in Maynooth as Pope Paul VI pu(...)

Juan Carlos Cruz, who is the key whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse scandal,  in Rome on Tuesday for his audience with Pope Francis. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

Three Chilean abuse survivors, whose allegations of a cover-up against a local bishop were described as “calumny” by Pope Francis on a visit to Chile (...)

 Pope Francis: has a reputation as a reformer, but in some areas it is difficult to see any meaningful progress. Photograph:  Alessandra Tarantino/EPA/pool

Pope Francis has just completed four years of his pontificate. From the moment Jorge Bergoglio greeted Rome and the world with “Buona sera”, he has be(...)

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(...)

Marie Collins, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors said it “still was very upsetting that anyone would attempt to interfere in the way the commission works”. File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Dublin abuse survivor Marie Collins has said she is satisfied that attempts by Chilean Catholic Church leaders to prevent another survivor becoming a (...)

Pope Francis arrives for the opening of the Synod on the themes of family in Vatican City. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

In his former life, Pope Francis was noted for his openness to people of all faiths and of none. In 2011, he said “dialogue is born from an attitude o(...)