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Flags on sale on a street stall marking the visit of Pope Francis in Dublin EPA/WILL OLIVER

Confronting abuse within the Catholic Church is not the “major subject” of Pope Francis’ trip to the Republic, but he will nonetheless address the mat(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin during the World Meeting of Families in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Archbishop of Armagh Dr Eamon Martin says Pope Francis’s meeting with survivors of clerical abuse will be a “sacred moment” during his visit to Ir(...)

Pope Francis arrives at Yangon International Airport in  Myanmar on Monday. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Pope Francis landed in Myanmar, and in a diplomatic minefield, on Monday. In his first visit to the country – and his first to any majority-Buddhist (...)

Pope Francis has banned the sale of cigarettes in  the Vatican city state. Photograph: Reuters.

Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year because of health concerns, a spokesman said on Thursday. (...)

A dry fountains is seen in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP

Vatican authorities began on Monday to turn off some 100 fountains, including two Baroque masterpieces in St Peter’s Square, due to a prolonged drough(...)

Handout provided by Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis  greeting pilgrims at a special audience with  homeless people in the   Vatican City,  November 11th, 2016. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPA

Pope Francis, who earlier this year criticised the immigration policies of US president-elect Donald Trump, repeated his concerns in an interview this(...)

Cardinal George Pell: confirmed that he was questioned in Rome last week by Australian police in relation to sex abuse allegations. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Australian cardinal George Pell, one of the most powerful figures in the Vatican, has confirmed that he was questioned in Rome last week by Australia(...)

Mother Teresa in 1993. Sunday’s ceremony at the Vatican will be attended by 100,000 faithful and at least 15 foreign delegations, including Indian state representatives. Photograph: AP Photo

Mother Teresa will be canonised by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square on Sunday morning in a ceremony to be attended by 100,000 faithful and at least 1(...)

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone: says he spent €300,000 of his own money on apartment renovation. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The Vatican has opened an investigation into the €422,000 renovation of the apartment of its former secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. (...)

  Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston:  “We all have a moral and ethical responsibility to report suspected abuse to the civil authorities who are charged with protecting our society.”     Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The Vatican has denied any change to its policy over the mandatory reporting of sex-abuse cases to civil authorities, after reports last week of a Va(...)

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