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Father Patrick Peyton with Bing Crosby. According to the Guns & Rosaries documentary, the Co Mayo-born priest received CIA funding to help fight communism in Latin America

The prominent Irish “Rosary priest”, Fr Patrick Peyton, accepted funding from the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to help bring about a 1964 mili(...)

Pope Francis greets clergymen at the opening of a global child protection summit. Photograph: Vicenzo Pinto/AFP

Catholic Church leaders from around the world have heard an African woman describe being abused from the age of 15 for 13 years by a priest, who she s(...)

 Venezuela’s defence minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez at a news conference in Caracas on Tuesday. Photograph:   Manaure Quintero/Reuters

Venezuelan troops will remain stationed along the country’s borders to prevent territorial violations, the defence minister said on Tuesday, ahead of(...)

 Potential unicorns such as Checkr and Earnin are building businesses off the last generation of unicorns by offering services to them. Photograph: Getty Images

Technology startups worth $1 billion, once as rare as unicorns, are now plentiful enough and old enough that there is a new generation behind them – o(...)

Sr Maura O’Donoghue, a Medical Missionary of Mary from Kilfenora, in Co Clare

Reports last week Pope Francis said the Catholic Church has faced a persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests and even bishops, seem to ha(...)

Pope Francis prays as he celebrates the Christmas mass marking the birth of Jesus Christ on December 24th, 2018 at St Peter’s basilica in Vatican. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has urged Christians to forgo the greed, gluttony and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity(...)

Brazilian airline Gol will lease 11 Boeing aircraft from Irish aviation financier Avolon from next year

Brazilian airline Gol will lease 11 Boeing aircraft from Irish aviation financier Avolon from next year. Avolon said on Monday that it has agreed to (...)

On the New York Stock Exchange, the S&P industrial sector rose 1.56 per cent, with Boeing and Caterpillar leading the gains. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

European and US stocks rose for a third straight day on Thursday. Industrials gained after President Donald Trump said trade talks with China were “mo(...)

A Loggerhead turtle trapped in a drifting abandoned net in the Mediterranean Sea. Photograph: Jordi Chias/WWF/PA

Global wildlife populations have fallen by 60 per cent since 1970 as humans overuse natural resources, drive climate change and pollute the planet, a (...)

Supporters of Brazilian far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro celebrate his victory at the Paulista Avenue, in Sao Paulo. Photograph: EPA/Fernando Bizerra

Brazil’s president-elect, the far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, has promised to defend the country’s constitution and unite a bitterly divided elec(...)

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