Angelo Sodano

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 Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he has no further information on contacts between the Vatican and then president Mary McAleese and then (...)

Pope John Paul II kisses thr ground on arrival in Dublin, 1979. Photograph: Mazpix

Watching the second part of the quite superb RTÉ documentary series The Game last Monday night, I was struck by the fervour of the crowds in Croke Par(...)

November 2004: Pope John Paul II meets former minister for foreign affairs Dermot Ahern, in his private library at the Vatican.  Photograph: Giampiero Sposito/AP Photo

The year 2004 was a significant one in the long, tortured annals of the clerical child sex-abuse scandal in Ireland. Particularly significant was the (...)

Then president Mary McAleese meets with Pope Benedict  in the Vatican in 2005. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Concordats were very much in the air when then president of Ireland Mary McAleese met then Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Angelo Sodano on Novemb(...)

Msgr Joseph Murphy: Head of  protocol office at Vatican’s Secretariat of State

Cork man Msgr Joseph Murphy has been appointed head of the protocol office at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State in Rome. The office deals with rela(...)

 Dr Eamon Martin who succeeds Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Primate of All Ireland, pictured at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Archbishop Eamon Martin, the new Primate of the Catholic Church, is seen as something of a relative “unknown” in the Holy See. Furthermore, he is see(...)

Black smoke rises from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel this morning. Photograph: Reuters

Black smoke rose from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel today, signalling Catholic cardinals had not agreed on a pope to succeed Benedict on their(...)

Cardinals attend the pre-conclave Mass at St Peter’s Basilica yesterday, in this shot taken through a fisheye lens. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

For the Vatican isti , it was time to consult the t(...)

Two nuns take in the sights of St Peter’s Square in Rome where the cardinals go into conclave to choose the next pope

Cheltenham or the conclave – both start today but which will finish first? Only the Holy Spirit knows but he remains resolutely incommuni(...)