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The latest crisis concerning disgraced former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick began in August during the  visit of Pope	 Frances (pictured) to Ireland. File photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has ordered a “thorough study” of all documents in Holy See offices concerning disgraced former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick. In a st(...)

Pope Francis waves as he visits Sicily to pay tribute  to a priest who was slain by mobsters for working to keep youths away from the Mafia. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP.

Pope Francis has appealed to Sicily’s Mafia to abandon a life of crime and violence, saying the island needed “men and women of love, not men and wome(...)

Pope Francis has called an emergency meeting of bishops’ conference heads  from across the world next February. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Pope Francis has called an emergency meeting of senior bishops from across the world next February as a new investigation uncovered evidence of at lea(...)

Victims advocate Marie Collins (right) with Prof Gabriel Dy-Liacco of the  pontifical commission for the protection of minors (left) at  the World Meeting of Families at the RDS in Dublin last week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

With a few exceptions, Christianity is slowly dying in the developed world. There are lots of reasons but the failure by the Catholic Church worldwide(...)

As the afterglow of Pope Francis’s visit recedes, a Vatican emerges once more where things are as was. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has returned to Rome after his brief visit to Ireland where he charmed with his humility and his plea for forgiveness over the sexual abu(...)

Pope Francis addresses an audience including senior politicians and members of the clergy at Dublin Castle last weekend. Photograph: Vatican Media/Reuters

Taoiseach, members of Government and of the diplomatic corps, ladies and gentlemen. At the beginning of my visit to Ireland, I am grateful for the i(...)

His Holiness Pope John Paul II departs Ireland on an Aer Lingus plane at Shannon Airport following his papal visit  in 1979.Photograph: Dermot O’Shea/The Irish Times

Below are the recollections of a number of Irish Times writers of the papal visit by Pope John Paul II to Ireland in 1979. I was studying in Trinity (...)

 Pope Francis said he was ‘very conscious’ of the circumstances of ‘our most vulnerable brothers and sisters’.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Pope Francis, in the first speech of his visit to Ireland, has recognised how the Church’s failure to address the “repugnant crimes” of clerical sexua(...)

Pope Francis has shifted the mood music in the Catholic Church away from a rigid hierarchical conformism to a more collegial atmosphere of debate and creative thinking. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

At the end of the 11 o’clock Mass in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral last Sunday morning Archbishop Diarmuid Martin reminded the congregation that Pope Francis(...)

the Vatican confirmed that the pope “does not and has never received a salary”. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth - WPA Pool/Getty Images

As you’ll know unless you’ve spent the last few weeks sequestered in a beehive hut on Puffin Island, the pope is due to touch down in Ireland at 10.30(...)

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