Pope Francis

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Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez and vicepresident Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner attend the ordinary opening session at the Congress, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photograph: Juan Ignacio Roncoroni/AFP.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced on Sunday that he will send to Congress a bill to legalise abortion, an initiative that has broad soci(...)

Pope Francis coughs during the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/PA

Pope Francis announced on Sunday that a cold he is suffering from has forced him to skip a Lenten spiritual retreat with senior Vatican officials nea(...)

Pope Francis: Heresy is back. In a big way. You know this is the case when that old rhetorical question “is the Pope a Catholic?” doesn’t work anymore; especially when a vocal minority suspect he isn’t.  Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

On April 30th last year a group of Catholic theologians wrote an open letter to the College of Bishops accusing Pope Francis of heresy and asking that(...)

Pope Francis’s removal of the pontifical secret from canon law trials involving clerical sexual offences “has opened the way to a new era of transparency”. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

On the December 17th last the Vatican announced that the “pontifical secret” would no longer be applied to canon law trials involving clerical sexual (...)

The Pope urged bishops to pray for more priestly vocations. Photograph: iStock.

Catholic Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin has said he is “very much open” to calls for a softening on the church’s clerical celibacy rules to cope (...)

Pope Francis greets the faithful during his weekly general audience  at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

The Association of Catholic Priests has said it is “disappointed” that Pope Francis has declined to approve the ordination of married men to address t(...)

The Irish Catholic Church has been likened by a priest to an old car that has gone off the road and ‘sunk into the bog and is stuck’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The Irish Catholic Church has been likened by a priest to an old car that has gone off the road and “sunk into the bog and is stuck”. “The engine is(...)

Homelessness is usually the result of one or two life events that could happen to anyone, like a relationship breakdown or the loss of a job. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

Homelessness is affecting every parish in the country. With 40,000 households more than two years in arrears on their mortgage payments, one in 10 hou(...)

A homeless man eats food provided by Feed Our Homeless charity at College Green in Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Damien Eagers

A Catholic bishop has described the homeless crisis as “a scandal” which must “be addressed with urgency by any incoming Government”. Bishop of Rapho(...)

French cardinal, Philippe Barbarin,  has been acquitted of covering up the sexual abuse of minors in his flock. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

A cardinal has had his conviction for covering up the sexual abuse of minors overturned, in a case that rocked the French Catholic Church. Philippe (...)

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