Pope Francis

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French president Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photograph:  Yoan Valat/Pool via Reuters

“We are all embarking on the unthinkable,” says Emmanuel Macron, leaning forward at his desk in the Elysée Palace in Paris after an aide has cleaned t(...)

Our civilisation . . . needs to downshift, take stock and renew itself,” Pope Francis said. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis has called on international governments to consider introducing a universal basic wage in the post-pandemic world. It “would ensure and c(...)

Fr Martin Cosgrove celebrates Mass in an empty Church of the Annunciation Catholic church in Rathfarnham, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Easter liturgies will take place behind closed doors across Ireland as the coronavirus disrupts the most important week in the Christian calendar. It (...)

Cardinal George Pell leaves HM Prison Barwon, in Anakie, Victoria, Australia, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis has recalled the “persecution that Jesus suffered” and has prayed for those who suffer “unjust sentences” hours after Australia’s highest(...)

French writer Albert Camus:  his novel La Peste/The Plague is  a work for our times in the questions that it raises, not just for priests but for all believers and unbelievers

Writing of Albert Camus’s great novel La Peste/The Plague (1947) several years ago, Ed Vulliamy suggests that it was “a story for our, and all, times”(...)

Pope Francis giving the Urbi et Orbi blessing on March 27th at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Photograph: Vatican Media/AFP via Getty

When this pandemic is over, some images will continue to haunt us, like the army trucks transporting coffins from Bergamo. Others will uplift us, like(...)

Cardinal Charles Bo: “When the virus first emerged, the authorities in China suppressed the news,” he said. Photograph:  Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

The leader of the Catholic Church in Asia, Myanmar’s Cardinal Charles Bo, has launched a scathing attack on the Chinese leadership, holding it respons(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin said that the Catholic Church is ‘committed to offering prayer, solidarity and compassion in our society’.

Primate of all Ireland Eamon Martin will consecrate the people of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for strength and protection during the coron(...)

Members of We Are Church and the Catholic Women’s Council are pictured during a protest outside the Apostolic Nunciature on the Navan Road in Dublin on International Women’s Day. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Journalist Ursula Halligan has criticised the Papal Nuncio to Ireland after he “blanked” her in his reply to a letter informing him of a demonstration(...)

 Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland. File Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Former president Mary McAleese has written to Pope Francis saying she will leave the Catholic Church “if it transpires that the Holy See failed to act(...)

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