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One well-placed source warned:  “Get Dublin wrong and Diarmuid Martin’s formidable legacy will be set at nought. And rapidly.” Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Speculation that the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin is about to step down has intensified following a recent interview, which observers felt re(...)

Tony Walsh’s abuse of one boy in Ballyfermot from 1978 to 1983 was so extreme that he was sentenced in December 2010 to a total of 123 years.

Former priest Tony Walsh, who was jailed on Wednesday for indecently assaulting a boy 35 year ago, was described by the Murphy Commission as “the most(...)

Tapestries of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador (left) and Pope Paul VI  hang from a balcony of the facade of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis on Sunday made saints of two of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century - murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Ro(...)

Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917 - 1980) at home in San Salvador in November 1979. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

There is something about the murder of a priest saying Mass that has always stirred the Christian imagination. The priest is then at his most vulnerab(...)

One suspects this creaky documentary on Pope John Paul II’s days in Ireland was timed to capitalise on the expected furore around Pope Francis’s recen(...)

The stigmata, corresponding to Christ’s crucifixion wounds, first appeared on Padre Pio  100 years ago in September 1918 and lasted until the end of his life. They didn’t deteriorate, nor did they heal and the blood was said to smell of perfume. Photograph:  Massimo Sambucetti

Padre Pio, priest, stigmatist, mystic and one of the world’s most popular saints, will be dead 50 years on Sunday, September 23rd. He has inspired ext(...)

Summer nights: Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in Grease

The summer of 1958, in which Grease was set, looked a beguiling cocktail of hormonally charged lindy hops, leather pants and all-round frivolity. Whic(...)

I had not been to Knock for decades. After the pope’s visit, I planned to mooch around the village to see what memories it would stir up. I never expected it to be emotional. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/Getty Images

The man in the souvenir shop in Knock observed my media lanyard and concluded I wasn’t your typical pilgrim buying rosary beads and scapulars. “Are y(...)

Pope Francis: It will require courage and creativity to ensure  there is a legacy to last week’s events and  they are not a one-off fireworks display. Photograph: Vatican Media

In the course of a 1957 lecture, French writer Albert Camus said: “An oriental wise man always used to ask the divinity in his prayers to be so kind a(...)

Pope Francis arrives at the Phoenix Park to celebrate mass. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The Byrne family from Ballyduff, Co Kerry, are among the first to arrive at the Phoenix Park for the papal mass. Sitting close to the front of the alt(...)

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