Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese speaks in DCU at the book launch of the book The Pope Francis Agenda by Donal Dorr. Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times.

The abuse scandals in the Catholic Church were now entering “an even more disrupting chapter,” former president Mary McAleese has said. She quoted ve(...)

 Pope Francis took aim at priests who were ‘rigid and afraid to communicate’. Photograph: /Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has revealed that he sought the help of a psychoanalyst for six months when he was 42 and the leader of the Jesuit order in Argentina dur(...)

File photograph dated August 12th, 2011 shows then Papal Nuncio Jozef Wesolowski attending a ceremony in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Photograph: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images

There was unexpected drama in the Holy See when a former papal nuncio, defrocked Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, fell ill on the eve of Saturday m(...)