Philomena Lee: “I do pray within my heart that something good will come out of this. It was so awful.”  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Mother and baby home survivor Philomena Lee has called on Pope Francis to match his words with deeds to help those who have been harmed by the Catholi(...)

The entrace of the Magdalene laundry on Stanhope Street North in Dublin. A new service will help those affected by the mother-and-baby homes prepare witness statements ahead of the commission of investigation into the homes. File  photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Women and others whose lives were affected by the mother-and-baby homes, including those forcibly adopted as babies, have been urged to avail of a fre(...)

Philomena Lee with her daughter Jane Libberton at the launch of the Philomena Project in Dublin last year. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Philomena Lee, whose devotion to finding her adopted son inspired a Hollywood film, said she would welcome the Government’s proposed Adoption Bill pr(...)

Philomena Lee has said she hopes that telling her story of how she was forced to give up her son for adoption at a mother and baby home in the 1950s will help other women of her generation in a similar situation to tell their stories and trace their children. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Philomena Lee has said she hopes that telling her story of how she was forced to give up her son for adoption at a mother and baby home in the 1950s w(...)

Pope Francis meets Philomena Lee and actor Steve Coogan  during a  general audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican earlier this week. Photograph: Reuters

Sitting in the foyer of Rome’s Hotel Eden for an interview with NBC and Al Jazeera, Philomena Lee (80) looks for all the world like an ageing star of (...)

Pope Francis meets Philomena Lee and actor Steve Coogan at the Vatican yesterday.

The woman whose determination to find a son given up for adoption in 1950s Ireland inspired the Oscar-nominated movie Philomena, now hopes the Pope wi(...)