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Pope John Paul I: The Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints has formally recognised a miracle attributed to his intercession in response to prayers. Photograph: Getty Images

The way has been cleared for the beatification of Pope John Paul I, who died in September 1978 after 33 days in office. He is likely to be beatified i(...)

The Vatican contends that Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu gave €600,000 to a charity run by his brother in Sardinia. File photograph: Getty

Oh dear. It was Jesus himself who advised: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise(...)

Pope Francis receiving in audience the Community of the Belgian Pontifical College on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of its foundation, at the Vatican City last Thursday. PHotograph: EPA

Language matters. In 1986 then dean of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict X(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: “Lack of respect for difference can undermine even peaceful societies. Fear of the immigrant can be exploited in terms that support narrow populism.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Racism and intolerance “are dangerous explosives that we only play around with at our own peril”, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has sa(...)

Cardinal Tomás Ó’Fíaich. Photograph: PA Wire

A viciously brilliant lampoon by the infamous Cummings from The Sunday Express of May 31st, 1981, which adorns the cover of this riveting and seminal (...)

When contraception was new, there was a lot of anxiety about how it affected women’s bodies. Photograph: iStock

For something so opposed by the Catholic Church, the oral contraceptive pill has had a number of unusual religious associations. In the early days of(...)

Police under attack during the civil rights demonstration in the Bogside area of Derry city. Photograph: Express Newspapers/Getty

How the Troubles broke out. February 1967: The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) is founded as a non-sectarian organisation to tackle(...)

Just as, from a secular perspective, different cultures can enrich one another, so differing churches can do likewise. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), along with many other bilateral theological dialogues, is a fruit of the Second Vatican (...)

Pope Francis blesses a portrait of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Photograph: Vatican Media/EPA

In an era when fake news is everywhere and three journalists have been murdered in the EU within the past year, it is worth pondering that the recentl(...)

Mothers chatting at the entrance to a tenement building in Dublin, circa 1945. The contraceptive pill arrived in Ireland in 1963, however contraception was not legalised here until 1980 Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Redemptorist “How many children have you?” asked The big Redemptorist. “Six, Father.” “The last, When was it born?” “Ten months ago.” “I cannot a(...)

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