Pope Francis

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Former president Mary McAleese:  Belfast Agreement has not been “road-tested” against Brexit or a referendum on partition. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former president Mary McAleese has warned of possible implications of Brexit and a referendum on Irish unity for the 1998 Belfast Agreement. “The Go(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: “We have some people whose frustration with their own gay identity is leading them to be homophobic . . . The pope is clearing the air for a further discussion.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Pope Francis’s remarks that gay people were entitled to a family and the legal protection of civil unions sent “a very strong message to the community(...)

Pope Francis attends the general audience in the Paul VI hall, Vatican City, on Wednesday. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis, a vehement opponent of same-sex marriage, in 2010 unsuccessfully urged fellow bishops to endorse recognit(...)

 Pope Francis  in the Paul VI hall, in Vatican City on  Wednesday. Photograph: EPA/Vatican media handout

Questions swirled on Thursday about the origins of Pope Francis’s bombshell comments endorsing same-sex civil unions, with all evidence suggesting he (...)

Former president Mary McAleese campaigned in favour of same-sex marriage during the 2015 referendum. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality must now be revised as a matter of urgency, former president Mary McAleese has said following comments by Po(...)

The pope has appeared to break with the position of the  Catholic Church by supporting civil unions for same-sex couples, according to remarks he made in a new documentary. File photograph:  Lauren DeCicca/Getty

Pope Francis has said that homosexuals should be protected by civil union laws in some of the clearest language he has used on the rights of gay peop(...)

The investment was made under the watch of Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, who was stripped of his rights as a cardinal by the Pope last month. Photograph: iStock

The Vatican invested some donations for the poor and needy in derivatives that bet on the creditworthiness of Hertz, the US car rental company that de(...)

Doctors and nurses should never be required to assist in the deliberate ending of life, the Catholic Bishops have said. Photograph: iStock

Doctors and nurses should never be required to assist in the deliberate ending of life, the Catholic Bishops have said, and asked people “to consider (...)

Australian Cardinal George Pell arrives at his residence in Rome, Italy on September 30th. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

A former senior Vatican cardinal, whose resignation was accepted by Pope Francis last month, has been accused of using €700,000 of Catholic Church fun(...)

Pope Francis leads his Sunday prayer from  his office overlooking Saint Peter’s Square.  Photograph: EPA/Riccardo Antimiani

The deaths of so many elderly people in the Covid-19 pandemic has been criticised by Pope Francis in his third encyclical, published on Sunday. “Th(...)

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