Pope Francis

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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 (...)

The etymology of catholicity means “openness, broadmindedness or liberality, universality, and general inclusiveness”. Photograph: iStock

Having recently been gifted with the new title of “grandmother”, “granny” or “nana” (though I still can’t decide what I want to be called) the arrival(...)

Is it reasonable to leave after being kept waiting 20 minutes without explanation for a 30-minute meeting?

A friend of mine did something the other day that I have often wanted to do myself but have always been too cowardly to try. He walked out on a rude c(...)

Benedict, when he was pope, in 2005. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

There has been strong reaction from Irish Catholic priests to the intervention of former pope Benedict XVI in the Church’s ongoing celibacy debate. I(...)

Former pope Benedict XVI: Was it a mistake to allow Benedict retain the title Pope Emeritus and continue to wear the white cassock peculiar to popes?  Photograph: Getty Images

And lo, it has come to pass! Former pope Benedict XVI has directly intervened in church affairs in an overt attempt to frustrate a decision his succes(...)

Pope Francis   with former pope Benedict at the Vatican in December 2018. Photograph: Vatican Media/AFP via Getty

The former pope Benedict XVI has spoken out against allowing married men to become priests, in a move that could jeopardise a potential plan by Pope F(...)

 Pope Francis (left) meeting Benedict XVI at the Vatican in 2018. File photograph: Vatican Media/AFP via Getty Images

Former pope Benedict in a new book written with a conservative cardinal, defends clerical celibacy in the Catholic Church in what appears to be a(...)

Former president Mary McAleese says Pope Francis has prompted debate within the church but has not been the ‘great reformer’ many expected. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former president Mary McAleese has said she does not believe Pope Francis is the “great reformer” many expected when he became pontiff in 2013. “I th(...)

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