Fr Tony Flannery who chaired the Association of Catholic Priests’  public regional meeting in Tuam, Co Galway, ahead of the Papal visit. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Pope Francis has been urged to avoid being “treated like a celebrity”, and to apologise to all those mistreated in the Magdalene laundries, mother an(...)

Pope Francis greets Monsignor Joseph William Tobin, one of the   17 new cardinals named by him. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo

Pope Francis announced yesterday that he would be appointing 17 new cardinals, including Irishman Kevin Farrell, at a consistory in Rome next month. &(...)

Pope Francis amended church law on Saturday. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPA

Pope Francis has copperfastened the concept of “Bishop Accountability” in relation to the handling of sex abuse cases within the Catholic Church on Sa(...)

 Pope Francis   with US vice-president Joe Biden. Photograph: AFP Photo/Osservatore Romano

For the second time in this US election year, a senior Democratic figure, on Friday, dropped in on Pope Francis at the Vatican.   Two weeks’ ag(...)

Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn shows a copy of “Amoris Laetitia” during a press conference at the Vatican. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

As many had expected, Pope Francis steered a middle-of-the-road course between “progressives” and “traditionalists” with his post-synodal exhortation(...)

Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell speaks to the media at the Quirinale hotel in Rome on Thursday at the end of evidence via video-link to Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

At 2.45am in the dark, wet Roman morning, Australian cardinal George Pell heard some very welcome words: “That concludes your evidence. Thank you, you(...)

Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard the papal plane flying from Mexico to Italy on Thursday. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis on Thursday night appeared to suggest that women threatened with the Zika virus could use artificial contraception. The pope made his re(...)

Baked images of Pope Francis are part of the production of a bakery in Morelia, Michoacan State, Mexico. The pope  will visit four Mexican states during his time there. Photograph: Enrique Castro/AFP/Getty

This is one occasion when the word “historic” definitely applies. When Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill of Moscow in Havana, Cuba, on Friday, it wi(...)

Report claimed Pope Francis had become a target of the Islamic State, within the context of its war on the west. Photograph: AP/Tony Gentile

The Vatican has played down renewed reports of a death threat against Pope Francis by Islamic State (IS) militants. On the eve of the pope’s one-day t(...)

Pope Francis leads prayers in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

In a highly unusual move, senior Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, intervened yesterday to deny comments allegedly made by Pope Francis to R(...)

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