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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 (...)

Pope Francis greets Monsignor Joseph William Tobin, one of the   17 new cardinals named by him. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo

Pope Francis announced yesterday that he would be appointing 17 new cardinals, including Irishman Kevin Farrell, at a consistory in Rome next month. &(...)

 Irish-born US clergyman  Kevin Farrell: has pushed for greater involvement of laity in church life.   He becomes the most senior US church figure serving in the Holy See.

Pope Francis yesterday appointed Irish-born US clergyman Bishop Kevin Farrell (above) to lead the new Dicastery (department) for Laity, the Family and(...)

TUI president Gerard Craughwell Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Delegates at the annual conference of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland(TUI) have voted not to go back into any talks with the Government on the propo(...)