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Pope Francis may be preparing to visit Sri Lanka

Declaration of 124 Korean martyrs may pave way for visit there too.


Pope Francis releases World Youth Day 2014 message

“Say No to an ephemeral, superficial and throwaway culture."


Archbishop challenges religious to ‘wake up’

"Religious have to learn to share their prayer life with others."


Day of prayer for trafficking victims on feast of St Bakhita

Human trafficking now ranks as the second most profitable worldwide criminal enterprise after the illegal arms trade.


New sculpture of St Brigid unveiled at Féile Bríde

New 9ft bronze of Ireland’s famous female saint created by Canadian sculptor, Timothy Schmalz.


Church without nuns is unthinkable warns Pope

Church and world needs the witness of religious and consecrated lay people.


Difficult and delicate time for religious life – Cardinal

Crisis in religious life is not an "antechamber of death" but an opportunity to grow in depth and hope.


Pope Francis makes the cover of Rolling Stone

Feature article on 'Cool Pope Francis' hits the news stands today.


Irish intern at Vatican Radio meets pope

History made as ambassador with Down Syndrome Ireland completes week-long internship


Pope challenges all to become ‘citizens of the digital world’

Church needs to be concerned for, and present in, the world of communication, Archbishop Eamon Martin affirms.


Women must have expanded presence in the Church

Mary, Pope Francis underlines, will show women the path to understanding their role within society.


Former leader of Opus Dei to be beatified

Alvaro del Portillo, who died in 1994, had strong links with Ireland and is well remembered here.


Catholic schools key to mission of the Church: Bishop Nulty

Key to a culture and society shaped with justice and integrity CSW2014 launch hears.


Redouble ecumenical efforts Pope Francis urges

Call for “spiritual ecumenism” born of a change of heart and holiness of life.


Many challenges face migrants warn bishops

“We remember those who have left our shores in the hope of making a new life for themselves abroad."


400 priests laicised by Benedict XVI for abuse

Figures show Vatican stepped up efforts to remove clerical abusers in recent years.


Delegation of bishops describe Gaza as “a shocking scandal”

"We pray that the visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land will reinforce hope in the region."


Pope stands down four cardinals overseeing Vatican bank

Pontiff demands “spending review” to cap canonisation costs for would-be saints.


Pope’s Harley-Davidson to raise funds for charity

Motorbike signed on the tank by Pope Francis to raise funds for homeless.


Pope Francis names 19 new cardinals

Sixteen of the nineteen are under the age of 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a conclave.


Pontiff reflects on what it means to be a priest

How damaging to the Church are smarmy, vain, wheeler-dealer, priest-tycoons.


Pope Francis holds meeting with disability campaigner

Italian MP highlights lack of support for parents and siblings of the disabled.


Pope Francis grants indulgence for Holy Name Year

Jubilee year and plenary indulgence for those faithful who participate in IHS devotion.


Irish theologian publishes book on Ratzinger’s theology

"The female line idea offers a basis for dialogue with feminist theology.”


Pope reaches out to lapsed Catholics

Pope Francis prays that “all the Church” may be steeped in “the joy of evangelising”.


Pontiff leaves voicemail for nuns busy at prayer

Pope urges Carmelites never to lose hope because sadness leads to a lack of spirituality.


Over 6.6m attend Vatican papal events

Figures show big increase on attendances in 2012.


Twenty-two missionaries killed last year

Twice as many missionaries lost their lives in 2013 as in 2012.


Foster peace and reconciliation Archbishop urges

Children of wars among the largest group of victims in 2013.


CoI Primate “hopeful for future rapprochement” in North

Bishop Treanor warns of “disengagement" by many in churches from work of reconciliation.

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