Pope Francis

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Benedict, when he was pope, in 2005. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

There has been strong reaction from Irish Catholic priests to the intervention of former pope Benedict XVI in the Church’s ongoing celibacy debate. I(...)

Former pope Benedict XVI: Was it a mistake to allow Benedict retain the title Pope Emeritus and continue to wear the white cassock peculiar to popes?  Photograph: Getty Images

And lo, it has come to pass! Former pope Benedict XVI has directly intervened in church affairs in an overt attempt to frustrate a decision his succes(...)

Pope Francis   with former pope Benedict at the Vatican in December 2018. Photograph: Vatican Media/AFP via Getty

The former pope Benedict XVI has spoken out against allowing married men to become priests, in a move that could jeopardise a potential plan by Pope F(...)

 Pope Francis (left) meeting Benedict XVI at the Vatican in 2018. File photograph: Vatican Media/AFP via Getty Images

Former pope Benedict in a new book written with a conservative cardinal, defends clerical celibacy in the Catholic Church in what appears to be a(...)

Former president Mary McAleese says Pope Francis has prompted debate within the church but has not been the ‘great reformer’ many expected. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former president Mary McAleese has said she does not believe Pope Francis is the “great reformer” many expected when he became pontiff in 2013. “I th(...)

Talks aimed at restoring Northern Ireland’s devolved government are to resume at Stormont on Thursday. Stock photograph: Paul Faith/PA.

Talks aimed at restoring Northern Ireland’s devolved government are to resume at Stormont on Thursday with less than two weeks for the parties to reac(...)

A frame grab taken from a hand out video made available by Vatican Media  shows a woman  grabbing at Pope Francis’ hands  in Vatican City. Photograph: Vatican Media/AFP Photo

Pope Francis apologised on Wednesday for having angrily slapped a woman’s arm when she had grabbed hold of his hand and yanked him towards her. He sa(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: “Lack of respect for difference can undermine even peaceful societies. Fear of the immigrant can be exploited in terms that support narrow populism.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Racism and intolerance “are dangerous explosives that we only play around with at our own peril”, Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has sa(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson: Politics and their cruelty are part of our adult life and they affect children and young people. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

A senior Irish Church figure has called for “courage and compassion” towards secularism as society faces “increasing pressure from what we ominously c(...)

Pope Francis waves from the balcony of St Peter’s basilica during the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” Christmas message to the city and the world, on December 25th, 2019 at St Peter’s square in Vatican. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli / AFP/ Getty Images

Pope Francis urged the world to let the light of Christmas pierce the “darkness in human hearts” that leads to religious persecution, social injustice(...)

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