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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(...)

Audrey Elliott with the     Mayo football jersey signed by Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock, Co Mayo, which she hopes will lift the Mayo ‘curse’ so the team can win an All-Ireland title.  Photograph:   Cate McCurry/PA

When Pope Francis flew into the west of Ireland on Sunday morning, he may have felt there was a “lot done, more to do”. During his 90 minutes in east(...)

The Pope’s visit to Ireland, the first since Pope John Paul II’s overwhelming reception in 1979, would always have made global headlines. However, ag(...)

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