Cardinal John Henry Newman: ‘we walk to heaven backward.’

Theologian, scholar, educationalist, poet, novelist, convert, cardinal and blessed are some of the outstanding titles of John Henry Newman we can cele(...)

the Vatican confirmed that the pope “does not and has never received a salary”. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool/Getty Images

As you’ll know unless you’ve spent the last few weeks sequestered in a beehive hut on Puffin Island, the pope is due to touch down in Ireland at 10.30(...)

German director Wim Winders with Pope Francis, the subject of his latest documentary.

As Ireland prepares for its first Papal visit in close to 40 years, the unimpressed throng – a cranky minority in 1979 – finds itself in a tricky posi(...)

It should not happen in Ireland and certainly not in a year which commemorates the beginnings of the Reformation 500 years ago, when Martin Luther nai(...)

Msgr John Kennedy: The CDF’s disciplinary office includes among its responsibilities dealing with credible allegations of clerical child sexual abuse

An Irish priest, Msgr John Kennedy, has been appointed by Pope Francis to head the Vatican’s disciplinary office of the Congregation for the Doctrine (...)

Pope Francis: Will reflect on much of what his bishops’ have had to say. Photograph: Getty Images

Friday is the day which many feel will define the papacy of Pope Francis. What he announces in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of(...)

 Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica, formally starting the Jubilee of Mercy, at the Vatican on Tuesday morning.  Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

“You are the door through which we come to thee, inexhaustible source of consolation for everyone . . .” With those words, Pope Francis on Tuesday m(...)

Former president Mary McAleese said the question of marriage equality is a human rights issue.

Former president Mary McAleese has described same sex marriage as a “human rights issue” as she and her husband Martin called for a Yes vote in the up(...)

Pope Francis delivers his Christmas address to the Roman curia in the Vatican’s Clementina hall. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/Reuters

It is clear that Pope Francis’s pre-Christmas address to the Roman curia this week did not sit well with many of its members. It was a coruscating (...)

In most previous synods, the mid-synod “Relatio” was so boring and unenlightening that it was generally ignored. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Just about the most remarkable Vatican story your Rome correspondent ever covered came back in October 1992. It concerned a speech that Pope John Paul(...)

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