Vincent Doyle pauses at a scenic spot  above the River Shannon where his father, Fr John J Doyle, often took him. Vincent did not know the priest was his father, but knew him as his godfather. Photograph: Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe

It was the early 1980s when they first met at a wedding in Co Cavan. Fr John J Doyle (44) was a Co Longford Spiritan (Holy Ghost) priest, home from t(...)

Fr Tony Flannery who celebrated Mass for his 70th birthday at the east Galway Killimordaly Community Centre in breach of a 2012 ban by the Vatican on his public ministry: “I feel free of the institution.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Comedian Groucho Marx said he would never join a club that accepted him as a member. Fr Tony Flannery goes one better. He now has no desire to rejoin (...)

 US cardinal Seán O’Malley (left) president of  Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors is encouraging bishops, priests and religious superiors to be in contact with sex abuse victims.  Photograph: Henry Wills

Two of America’s leading Catholic child protection advocates have strongly opposed suggestions by the church that care of laicised priests convicted (...)

Fr John Gallagher said contact with the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin about the case had been unsatisfactory. Photograph: Collins

An Irish priest who has been serving in Florida since 2000 claims he has been ostracised by the church for reporting abuse-related activities of a fel(...)

Dún Aonghasa – one of Aran’s most spectacular monuments. Photograph: Discovery programme

When two Trinity College scientists landed on the Aran islands in 1891, they visited graveyards in search of old skulls, and all resident males were (...)

Pope Francis uses a tablet to send a tweet with members of Scholas Occurentes Argentina at the Vatican today, the first anniversary of his inauguration. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters.

Pope Francis “is a man who accepted the will of the Lord to become successor of St Peter when it was put to him, without any questioning or wit(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  denied he was trying to capitalise on the pope’s popularity and said the decision was taken because of the Holy See’s renewed focus on tackling “hunger and world poverty” under Francis.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has linked the Government’s decision to reopen the Embassy to the Holy See to the arrival of Pope Francis. However, Mr Gilmore (...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmiud Martin with the reliquary of St Anthony in Fairview, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: John McElroy

PATSY McGARRYReligious Affairs CorrespondentAn overflow congregation greeted the relics of St Anthony of Padua when they arrived at the Franciscan Chu(...)