Pope Francis is photographed  during a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters.

Irish Catholic priests have described as “a major disappointment” comments by Pope Francis indicating the church has no current plans to ordain women (...)

On Sunday, Pope Francis called for the eradication of child sex abuse “from the face of the earth”, saying “behind this there is Satan.” Yet concrete measures he called for to combat it have amounted to relatively little. Photograph:  Handout/AFP/Getty Images

It was that other Pope, 18th century English poet Alexander Pope, who said: “words are like leaves; and where they most abound, much fruit of sense be(...)

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(...)

As the afterglow of Pope Francis’s visit recedes, a Vatican emerges once more where things are as was. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has returned to Rome after his brief visit to Ireland where he charmed with his humility and his plea for forgiveness over the sexual abu(...)

Pope John Paul II kisses thr ground on arrival in Dublin, 1979. Photograph: Mazpix

Watching the second part of the quite superb RTÉ documentary series The Game last Monday night, I was struck by the fervour of the crowds in Croke Par(...)

Then president Mary McAleese meets with Pope Benedict  in the Vatican in 2005. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Concordats were very much in the air when then president of Ireland Mary McAleese met then Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Angelo Sodano on Novemb(...)

Pope Francis:  organisers of the World Meeting of Families have removed his inclusive language on the family and LGBTI+ pictures from their pamphlets, and deleted references to gay families by a bishop in the catechesis. Photograph: Angelo Carconi

Earlier this month, when asked about separation between the Catholic Church and State, the Taoiseach said “I do believe in that separation, it can’t b(...)

A Vatican directive states: ‘Low-gluten hosts (partially gluten-free) are valid matter, provided they contain a sufficient amount of gluten to obtain the confection of bread without the addition of foreign materials and without the use of procedures that would alter the nature of bread.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The unleavened bread that Catholics use in the celebration of communion must contain some gluten, even if only a trace amount, according to a new Vati(...)

Msgr John Kennedy: The CDF’s disciplinary office includes among its responsibilities dealing with credible allegations of clerical child sexual abuse

An Irish priest, Msgr John Kennedy, has been appointed by Pope Francis to head the Vatican’s disciplinary office of the Congregation for the Doctrine (...)

‘I am as human as any of you . . . it is the issue which has devastated my period of office,’ Desmond Connell said in Maynooth on April 8th, 2002 . Photograph: Donal Doherty/PA Wire

You could say Desmond Connell, who has died aged 90, became Archbishop of Dublin almost by default. His name was among the last to surface publicly du(...)

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