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  Pope Francis waves as he arrives for the second day of a global child protection summit   on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/AFP/Getty Images

A leading US cardinal has called for new independent ways of reporting bishops who cover up the abuse of children by priests or who may themselves be (...)

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(...)

Catholic Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin said he knows nothing he could say could “undo the terrible wrong” abuse survivors have endured. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Abuse survivors “deserve to be believed, loved and cherished – not isolated or seen as a threat”, the Catholic Primate of All Ireland, Eamon Martin, h(...)

The Church of England introduced contactless payment terminals in its more than 16,000 churches, cathedrals and religious sites with the aim of making portable card readers available. Photograph: Chris Marsh

Digital collection boxes are the latest innovation at church services to facilitate worshippers who no longer carry cash but may wish to make donation(...)

Pope Francis called this week’s Rome meeting to raise awareness globally about clerical child sexual abuse, highlighting it is not just a “western” problem. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A four-day meeting of Catholic bishops and other senior clergy begins at the Vatican on Thursday to address the issue of clerical child sexual abuse. (...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin said it was his  intention ‘to relay the lived experience and insights of Irish survivors‘ personally to Pope Francis. File photograph:  PA Wire

The Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has been meeting clerical abuse survivors throughout Ireland in advance of a Church leaders’ child protec(...)

 Josepha Madigan said it  “should not come a source of surprise to see a woman on the altar including in the priesthood itself”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic Church has a blind spot when it comes to inclusion of the marginalised or stigmatised, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht J(...)

 Islamic Republic of Iran ambassador Dr Masoud Eslami meets Mick Wallace and Clare Daly at a reception to mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.  Photograph: Tom Honan

The common histories of Ireland and Iran in fighting for independence were recalled on Monday at an event in Dublin marking the 40th anniversary of th(...)

The new Bishop of Clogher Larry Duffy

The episcopal ordination of the new Bishop of Clogher Larry Duffy took place at St Macartan’s Cathedral in Monaghan on Sunday. It follows the announc(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was speaking on  World Day of the Sick in the Church of Corpus Christi in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has called for more openness where health matters in Ireland are concerned. “Confidence can only(...)

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