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Pope Francis is photographed  during a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters.

Irish Catholic priests have described as “a major disappointment” comments by Pope Francis indicating the church has no current plans to ordain women (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Archbishop’s House in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times.

The most influential Catholic prelate in Ireland Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is 15 years Archbishop of Dublin this month. He is 20 years a bishop and w(...)

 Pope Francis (R) greets former Pope Benedict during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, 2014. Photograph: Alessia Giuliani/File Photo/Reuters

Former Pope Benedict has blamed the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal on the effects of the sexual revolution of the 1960s and a general collapse(...)

A woman reads a copy of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano as she waits for the canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican in April 2014.  Photograph: Reuters

The founder and the entire editorial board have quit a Vatican women’s magazine that has drawn international attention for exposing the abuse of nuns,(...)

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Vatican to conclude the summit of Catholic leaders  on preventing clerical sexual abuse and protecting children. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/Pool Photo via AP

Clerical child sexual abuse survivors in Ireland and abroad have reacted with disappointment to the four-day meeting at the Vatican on the protection (...)

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(...)

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. (...)

The public acknowledgement by Pope Francis that nuns have been sexually abused by priests and bishops, is a welcome advance where that issue is concerned. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has taken two significant steps on the issue of sexual abuse in the past week. One was the decision to expel former US cardinal Theodore (...)

‘‘In the Closet of the Vatican’ may be less a constructive reckoning than a stockpile of ammunition for militant right-wing Catholics who already itch to conduct a witch-hunt for gay priests.’ Image: Ben Wiseman/The New York Times

Marvelling at the mysterious sanctum that his new book explores, French journalist Frédéric Martel writes that “even in San Francisco’s Castro” there (...)

Pope Francis is welcomed by Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, upon his arrival to the presidential palace in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi on Monday. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

The visit of Pope Francis to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is not his first to a Muslim country as pope. He has visited some of Islam’s most sacred s(...)

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