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 Pope Francis shakes hands with Katherine Zappone, Minister  for Children and Youth Affairs, at a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin  in Dublin. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

The pope and the Minister for Children clasped hands beneath the portico. As greetings go, this one went on far longer than protocol might require. Wh(...)

Pope Francis: “It is not about him, it is about the unresolved agony, the anguish that is ongoing and is unaddressed, and cries about to be addressed,” said Fr McCafferty. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

A Belfast priest has said Pope Francis should cancel his visit to Ireland because of the issue of clerical sex abuse. Fr Patrick McCafferty told his (...)

 Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he has no further information on contacts between the Vatican and then president Mary McAleese and then (...)

 Cardinal Kevin Farrell, from Drimnagh in Dublin, speaking in 2017 at the  Dublin  conference – hosted by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin –  in preparation for this month’s World Meeting of Families. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

A group representing clerical child sex survivors worldwide has written an open letter to Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin seeking the re(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin makes announcements regarding the Festival of Families. Photograph: James Forde/The Irish Times

Mistakes were made where same sex-people were concerned in preparation for the World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said. As th(...)

 Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect (head) of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, said “priests are not the best people to train others for marriage”. Photograph: Getty Images

A senior priest in Dublin has described as “preposterous, juvenile and destructive,” a statement by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the most senior Irishman i(...)

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

Priests have no credibility when it comes to training people for marriage, according to the most senior Irish cleric in the Vatican. Cardinal Kevin F(...)

Anna May McHugh. Photograph: Alan Betson

The first-ever debate on child safeguarding in the 25-year history of the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin in Aug(...)

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(...)

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