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Pope Francis: seen by many as separate from the institution he leads, and which he himself struggles to reform. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

It is the story of a photograph: four cardinals, all Irish, and one president, Mary McAleese. The occasion was the elevation in 2007 of the then prima(...)

Former president Mary McAleese addressing  a Voices of Faith conference in Rome on March 8th. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

Today, March 13th, is the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. In the years since I don’t think he has ever been challenged in quite the(...)

The Catholic Church ‘has long since been a primary global carrier of the virus of misogyny,’ former president Mary McAleese has said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Catholic Church “has long since been a primary global carrier of the virus of misogyny,” former president Mary McAleese has said. “It has never (...)

Pope John Paul II holds the hand of Irish President Mary McAleese during their meeting in  2003 in the Vatican. File Photograph:  Arturo Mari-Vatican Pool/Getty Images

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said neither he nor his office were consulted by the Vatican prior to former President Mary McAleese being ba(...)

Pope Francis and  Cardinal Kevin Farrell. Photograph: diocese of Dallas

Cardinal Kevin Farrell (70) is the most senior Irishman at the Vatican and one of two brothers serving there. His older brother Bishop Brian Farrell (...)

Former Irish president Mary McAleese and her husband Martin. File photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The Vatican has barred former President of Ireland Mary McAleese from taking part in a conference to mark International Women’s Day which was original(...)

Bishop Paul Tighe: has been appointed secretary to the Council for Culture in the Vatican

Irish cleric Bishop Paul Tighe has been appointed secretary to the Council for Culture, one of the more senior posts at the Vatican. He moved to the(...)

Pope Francis with Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a private audience at the Vatican.

Neither the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, nor a senior member of the Roman curia was able Thursday to state definitively whether Pope(...)

Arguably, the final curtain on a difficult period for relations between the Holy See and the Government comes down Monday when Pope Francis receives E(...)

Pope Francis closes the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s in Rome on Sunday to mark the end of the Holy Year of Mercy. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/EPA

On a bright, sunny Sunday morning in Rome, Pope Francis officially ended the Catholic Church’s Holy Year of Mercy when he closed the Holy Door in the (...)

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