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Pope Francis blesses a child in Saint Peter’s Square: Irish Catholics  have to deal with  a kind of casual sectarianism that the cultural elite would find unthinkable in relation to Muslims. Photograph: Tony Gentile

The news reports when Pope Francis comes to Ireland in August will be utterly predictable. There will be the “nothing like 1979” articles written by p(...)

 Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte and French president Emmanuel Macron shake hands after a joint press conference   in Paris. Photograph: Francois Mori/AFP/Getty Images

President Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged Italy’s new prime minister to work with France, Germany and Spain on resolving migration issues rather than (...)

A migrant eating food supplied by the Italian coastguard on the Médecins Sans Frontières vessel “Aquarius”. The vessel is set to land at Valencia on June 16th. Photograph: AFP Photo/SOS Mediterranee /Kenny Karpov

Italy and France tried to patch up a row over immigration on Thursday as Pope Francis urged politicians everywhere to work together on helping refugee(...)

Anna May McHugh. Photograph: Alan Betson

The first-ever debate on child safeguarding in the 25-year history of the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin in Aug(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin announce publication of Pope Francis’s itinerary for the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill/The Irish Times

So where can I see Pope Francis? Forget about Croke Park for a start. He’ll be there on the evening of Saturday August 25th but all tickets are gone.(...)

Independents 4 Change TD Clare Daly with Paul Redmond  of the Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors at a press conference at Buswells Hotel, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors are planning to protest during the visit to Pope Francis to Ireland next August, founder member Paul R(...)

The World Meeting of Families takes place in Dublin in August

The fourth international gathering of the Church Reform Network takes place in Bratislava this week, from June 11th to 15th. This network, which is ma(...)

Archbishop  Diarmuid Martin of Dublin,  and Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin announce   Pope Francis’s itinerary for the World Meeting of Families 2018. Photograph:   Dara Mac Dónaill

Pope Francis “will be briefed” before he arrives in Dublin about the abuse of women and children in Catholic-run institutions in Ireland, Archbishop o(...)

(From left) Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, president and host of WMOF2018; and Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, announce the publication of Pope Francis’s itinerary for the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Access to venues in Ireland which Pope Francis will visit next August will to be heavily restricted, it was announced at a press conference on Monday (...)

Ursula Halligan of the We Are Church Ireland group which has started a petition calling on the pope to change Vatican theological language “that is gravely insulting to LGBTQI people”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Same-sex couples can no longer be full members of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland nor can their children be baptised, the church’s general assembly(...)

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