Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe Kenneth Kearon: ‘Families are at the heart of church and community in Ireland.’

The visit of Pope Francis to Ireland was important “for all Christians in Ireland”, not just Catholics, a Church of Ireland bishop has said. Pope Fr(...)

A total of 353,874 tickets were sold   for Pope Francis’ Mass in the Phoenix Park on the first day they went on sale. Photograph:  Andrew Medichini/AP

Bookings for World Meeting of Families events in Dublin next month “before it ever starts, has already exceeded all records,” Bishop of Kildare and Le(...)

Anna May McHugh. Photograph: Alan Betson

The first-ever debate on child safeguarding in the 25-year history of the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin in Aug(...)

Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn

One of Rome’s most influential Cardinals has said that the Church must show mercy in the context of new and more complex situations of family life in (...)

Mary McAleese: “Since it was instituted by Pope Paul VI the synod has never been a ‘dynamic’ body, according to Pope Francis himself, and this one was no different.” File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The recently concluded synod of bishops in Rome has come up with nothing new or interesting, former president of Ireland Mary McAleese has said. The S(...)