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Pope Francis closes the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s in Rome on Sunday to mark the end of the Holy Year of Mercy. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/EPA

On a bright, sunny Sunday morning in Rome, Pope Francis officially ended the Catholic Church’s Holy Year of Mercy when he closed the Holy Door in the (...)

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. &(...)

 Irish-born US clergyman  Kevin Farrell: has pushed for greater involvement of laity in church life.   He becomes the most senior US church figure serving in the Holy See.

Pope Francis yesterday appointed Irish-born US clergyman Bishop Kevin Farrell (above) to lead the new Dicastery (department) for Laity, the Family and(...)

TUI president Gerard Craughwell Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Delegates at the annual conference of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland(TUI) have voted not to go back into any talks with the Government on the propo(...)

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