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 Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson in the garden of 10 Downing Street, London after their wedding on Saturday. Photograph:  Rebecca Fulton/10 Downing Street/AFP

British prime minister Boris Johnson was allowed marry Carrie Symonds, also Catholic, in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday as his two previous marriag(...)

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(...)

Retiring in the north inner city parish of Aughrim Street, Diarmuid Martin plans to rest and read for now: ‘I could write my memoirs but they’d probably be banned,’ he says, with a smile. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pope Francis once quietly approached the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, in the Vatican guesthouse, the Santa Marta, at the end of an early mor(...)

Popw Francis. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

A couple of weeks into the original lockdown, an unusual amount of time on our hands led to a lot of reflection about how we were living our lives and(...)

The report was particularly critical of Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols who, it noted, had failed to ‘acknowledge any personal responsibility or show compassion for victims in the recent cases we examined’. File photograph: Getty

Two reports published on Tuesday, one by the Vatican and another in the UK, have further undermined the Catholic Church’s credibility in its handling (...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: “We have some people whose frustration with their own gay identity is leading them to be homophobic . . . The pope is clearing the air for a further discussion.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pope Francis’s remarks that gay people were entitled to a family and the legal protection of civil unions sent “a very strong message to the community(...)

 Pope Francis  in the Paul VI hall, in Vatican City on  Wednesday. Photograph: EPA/Vatican media handout

Questions swirled on Thursday about the origins of Pope Francis’s bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions, with all evidence suggesting he (...)

The pope has appeared to break with the position of the  Catholic Church by supporting civil unions for same-sex couples, according to remarks he made in a new documentary. File photograph:  Lauren DeCicca/Getty

Pope Francis has said that homosexuals should be protected by civil union laws in some of the clearest language he has used on the rights of gay peop(...)

Pope Francis leads his Sunday prayer from  his office overlooking Saint Peter’s Square.  Photograph: EPA/Riccardo Antimiani

The deaths of so many elderly people in the Covid-19 pandemic has been criticised by Pope Francis in his third encyclical, published on Sunday. “Th(...)

 Albert Gubay was born in Wales of an Iraqi-Jewish father and a devout Catholic mother from Co Clare. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

The Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation has donated €500,000 to help six Catholic charities in the Republic with their work through the Covid-19 pandem(...)

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