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Pope Francis urges us to be missionary disciples and invites ‘all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ’. Photograph: Fabio Falcioni/EPA

The pastoral plan for the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore, launched on Pentecost Sunday, is the fruit of a listening process conducted around the dio(...)

The board has been lobbying the Data Protection Commissioner, and the Department of Justice, to grant it powers to maintain a central database of priests against whom abuse allegations have been made. File photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Figures on reports of abuse in the Catholic Church have been placed “under reservation” due to concerns over the reliability of the statistics. Ther(...)

Pope Francis has said in the past that he would entertain the possibility of ordaining viri probati in remote areas that are deprived of the sacraments. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

In a potentially groundbreaking move, the Roman Catholic Church on Monday cracked open the door to ordaining married, elderly men to the priesthood, t(...)

Bishop Dermot Farrell has said  ‘inappropriate language and sentiments’ were used during a homily at the Capuchin Friary in Kilkenny last weekend. Photograph: Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

The suggestion by a priest that gay people suffered from “spiritual zombiehood” did not reflect Christian teaching, the Catholic Bishop of Ossory Derm(...)

Pope Francis has repeatedly argued the position that people cannot choose their genders. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

The Vatican has issued an official document rejecting the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisting on the sexual “complementa(...)

‘The churches are entitled to apply their own rules and to minister to their flocks as they see fit.’ File photograph: Getty

At the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Belfast last week, former Moderator Norman Hamilton said historic biblical values were no longer(...)

Pope Francis at  St Peter’s Square in the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has approved changes to the wording of the Lord’s Prayer. Instead of saying “lead us not into temptation”, it will now say “do not let us(...)

Cardinal George Pell leaves the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia on June 5th, 2019. Photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images.

The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of child sex abuse has begun an appeal against his conviction. Australian Cardinal George Pell appeared i(...)

Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International:  ‘I think we are in a better place, although we still have a journey.’ Photograph: Oxfam International

The executive director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima, says the charity is still working hard to regain the trust of its supporters after a s(...)

Pope Francis  addresses reporters during a press conference in flight aboard an aircraft taking him back from Sibiu, Romania, to Rome, on Sunday. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AFP/Getty

Pope Francis made an impassioned plea for Europe to stick together and revive the ideals of its founders on Sunday, saying ideologies and fear-mongeri(...)

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