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Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery was suspended from public ministry by the Vatican in 2012. File photograph: Alan Betson

Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery has asked why he remains removed from public ministry by the Vatican when it now appears senior Catholic church f(...)

Pope Francis said  people going on holiday didn’t think about those who were staying at home and the sick during lockdowns. Photograph: Vatican median handout/EPA

Pope Francis condemned on Sunday people who had gone abroad on holiday to escape coronavirus lockdowns, saying they needed to show greater awareness o(...)

  Archbishop-elect Dermot Farrell of Dublin believes Pope Francis has given Catholics ‘a great lead’ on homosexuality. Photograph: Alan Betson

With half of Dublin’s priests over 70 and due to retire within the next five years and congregations ageing and declining, the Archbishop-elect Dermot(...)

 People attend a celebration of the New Year in Wuhan, China. Life in Wuhan, a Chinese city of more than 11 million, which nearly a year ago became the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak is returning to normal. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Fireworks soared into the sky above the Sydney Opera House, but the harbour below was a deserted ghost town, a fittingly creepy send-off for a year th(...)

The Trump era is ending; armed with a substantive climate package, incoming US president Joe Biden has committed to re-joining the Paris climate agreement. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

On climate politics, the world is in a better place after a difficult year. Momentum seemed to be dissipating early in 2020, when developed countries (...)

Abortion-rights activists watch live video of lawmakers in session, outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before it approved a bill to legalise abortion. Photograph: AP

Argentina’s Senate voted on Wednesday to legalise abortion, a first for a big country in Latin America and a triumph for women’s rights campaigners a(...)

The new Catholic Archbishop of Dublin is to be current Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell (66)

The new Catholic Archbishop of Dublin is to be current Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell (66). A former president of St Patrick’s College Maynooth, he (...)

Demonstrators celebrate with green headscarves – the symbol of abortion rights activists – outside the Argentine Congress in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP via Getty

The Senate in Argentina will on Tuesday debate a Bill that, if it passes into law, would make the country by far the largest in Latin America to legal(...)

Pope Francis delivers his Urbi et Orbi Christmas message in Benedizioni. Photograph: Vatican Media/EPA

Pope Francis has made a Christmas Day plea for authorities to make Covid-19 vaccines available to all, insisting that the first in line should be the (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin:  Perhaps at some stage in the day people should make a brief prayerful visit to the crib. File photograph: The Irish Times

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said vulnerable people should be strongly encouraged not to attend church at Christmas. “It may wel(...)

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