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Cardinal Sean O’Malley (left), from Boston, and Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin outside St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin in 2010. File Photograph: PA

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, chair of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors has announced he will not be attending the World Meeting of Fam(...)

 Fr Damian McNeice  holding a cross that will face Pope Francis on the altar at the mass he will celebrate at Dublin’s Phoenix Park. It dates  from  penal times. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Vestments with celtic designs have been specially made by a Polish company for Pope Francis to wear when he visits Dublin and Knock later this month. (...)

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy  said to acknowledge with gratitude the good can never eclipse recognition of sin, criminality and evil. File photograph: Arthur Ellis

The visit of Pope Francis to Ireland is a pivotal moment for the church to acknowledge its past, good and bad, the Catholic Bishop of Limerick has sai(...)

Norah Casey  wondered why women who might want a symposium on such themes had not organised one themselves.

Well-known Catholic Irish women were not invited to speak at the World Meeting of Families women’s symposium by organiser Norah Casey because her “per(...)

Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe Kenneth Kearon: ‘Families are at the heart of church and community in Ireland.’

The visit of Pope Francis to Ireland was important “for all Christians in Ireland”, not just Catholics, a Church of Ireland bishop has said. Pope Fr(...)

Work under way at the site of the World Meeting of Families Phoenix Park Mass with Pope Francis.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The ringing of bells is usually indicates celebration, but bells also alert communities to imminent danger. When Pope Francis is welcomed by President(...)

Former Australian archbishop Philip Wilson leaves a court in Newcastle, Australia. Photograph: Getty Images

The most senior Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse has been ordered by an Australian court to serve his one-year sentence in hom(...)

Preparations under way at the papal cross in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, for the visit of Pope Francis as part of the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Unlike Pope John Paul II in 1979 who, with his training as an actor, took to the Irish stage with alacrity, Pope Francis will be chewing on his lip as(...)

 Work continues at the site of the World Meeting of Families  Mass at the Phoenix Park in Dublin, at which Pope Francis will be the chief celebrant. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The cost of the 32-hour visit to Ireland of Pope Francis is expected to compute at about €1 million an hour. “This is bigger than the Queen, bigger t(...)

Twitter has created a new papal visit emoji in honour of Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland this August. The emoji, consisting of the smiling face of t(...)

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