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Pope Francis speaks from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Sunday at the Vatican. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

The Vatican is to prepare a guidebook for Catholic bishops worldwide so they “clearly understand their duties and tasks” in dealing with clerical chil(...)

Now is the time for Pope Francis  to spell out in detail, to the leaders before him and to the laity, exactly what process is being used when a bishop or other leader is accused of negligence or cover up. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Presidents of every Catholic bishops’ conference across the world – the church’s regional organisations – will be in Rome to attend a Vatican meeting (...)

Marie Collins: ‘The church reaction is a mirror image of what we were hearing here in Ireland 30 years ago.’ File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

As the scandal of clerical child sex abuse emerges in other countries across the world the Catholic Church response in each has been exactly as it was(...)

Pope Francis and Cardinal Kevin Farrell. Photograph: Diocese of Dallas

Priests have no credibility when it comes to training people for marriage, according to the most senior Irish cleric in the Vatican. Cardinal Kevin F(...)

Pope Frances has been invited to attend the women’s conference on March 8th.

Pope Francis has been invited to attend the ‘Why Women Matter’ conference in Rome next month at which former President of Ireland Mary McAleese will b(...)

Marie Collins from One in Four: It is doubtful she will be moved by the new “understanding” currently wafting from some in the Vatican. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It has been said of some senior civil servants, in Ireland as elsewhere, that they believe governments are elected to carry out their will. Such Sir H(...)

 Cardinal Desmond Connell  had no truck with what he considered unqualified people speaking about religion. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In his marvellously acerbic memoir Against The Tide, published in 1986, former minister for health Dr Noël Browne describes an encounter with the Cath(...)

Pope Francis: Will reflect on much of what his bishops’ have had to say. Photograph: Getty Images

Friday is the day which many feel will define the papacy of Pope Francis. What he announces in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of(...)

Lay consultant Francesca Chaouqui and Spanish monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda: pair are among the five on trial. Photograph:  Umberto Pizzi/AFP/Getty Images

The potentially embarrassing, so-called Vatileaks 2 trial is scheduled to reconvene in the Vatican on Saturday morning. This is the Vatican City sta(...)

Vatican commission for the protection of minors member Marie Collins has criticised the Holy See administration for some frustrating decisions. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Vatican’s commission for the protection of minors has issued a strongly worded statement emphasising that there is a “moral and ethical responsibi(...)

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