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 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘What went wrong to give rise to a situation in which children within the church of Jesus Christ were not cared for with scrupulous dignity, whether in life or in death?’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he is profoundly distressed at the findings of fifth interim report of the Mother and Baby (...)

Fallen burnt debris  inside Notre Dame: President Emmanuel Macron said the French people would pull together to repair their national symbol. Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

French president Emmanuel Macron pledged on Tuesday night to have the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral in Paris rebuilt within five years. In a shor(...)

 Pope Francis  kneels to kiss the feet of South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, as vice president Riek Machar (right) looks on, at the Vatican on Thursday. Photograph: Vatican Media/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis, in a dramatic gesture after an unprecedented retreat at the Vatican, knelt to kiss the feet of South Sudan’s previously warring leaders (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says there were ‘hundreds’ of paedophiles in the Irish Catholic Church. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former president Mary McAleese has said the recent decades of clerical abuse scandals have shown how “careless” the Catholic Church is of human rights(...)

Pope Francis: ‘Rich Europe and America sell weapons used to kill children and kill people. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty

Pope Francis has blamed Europe and the United States for the deaths of children in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan, saying wealthy Western countries fuel(...)

@sussexroyal: Meghan and Harry reached a million Instagram followers in 5 hours and 45 minutes. Photograph: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Instagram account has broken the record for gaining a million followers on the social network in the shortest time, a(...)

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,(...)

Precisely because Catholics are a minority in Britain, there is not the baggage associated with the church’s position in Ireland and decades of close ties with the State and a dominant role in national life. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The decisive vote last May to remove article 40.3.3 banning abortion from Bunreacht na hÉireann has generally come to be seen as dramatically underlin(...)

Fr George Rutler said the state of the Catholic Church in Ireland was “a warning to Catholics in the United States, because such is what happens when religion is only a political and ethnic sentiment”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was “elected while publicly living in perverse contempt of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony”, and “Druids returned and defiantly(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

A lack of progress on developing a new covenant between Church and State, as spoken of by the Taoiseach in his address to Pope Francis last August, ha(...)

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