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Study of history is important for the Church: Pope

Collaboration with researchers of every culture and religion contributes to dialogue between Church and modern world.


Pope challenges faithful in Palm Sunday homily

Over 100,000 pilgrims attend Mass in St Peter’s Square and ponder the question 'Who am I?'


Sorrow at murder of last priest in Homs

Italian nun who knew Fr Frans van der Lugt tells CatholicIreland.net he was man of dialogue.


Pope pledges tough sanctions against abusive priests

We will not take one step backwards in dealing with this problem Pope assures.


Pope Francis meets four former sex slaves

Human trafficking is “an open wound on the body of contemporary society”.


Pope will wash feet of elderly and disabled

Vatican announces location for Holy Thursday ceremony.


Vatican pilgrims get free pocket editions of Gospel

Edition includes a prayer by Blessed John Henry Newman and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.


Pope urges Church to help reconcile Rwanda

1994 genocide recalled as Rwandan bishops meet Pontiff in Rome.


Cordial first meeting between Queen and Pope

Orb inscribed: “Pope Francis to His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge."


Francis is more radical than John XXIII: Fr Flannery

"What we are seeing is a major repositioning of the Church internally and in its relationship to the world.”


Papal visit to NI would be very positive step: Villiers

Unanimous vote by Belfast City Hall to invite Pope Francis on an official visit.


US bishops highlight suffering of immigrants

Cardinal O’Malley among bishops who celebrated Mass at Mexican border on Tuesday.


24 Hours celebrates prayer and community: Bishop Nulty

"People need to see confession as something that can make their lives whole again."


L’Arche founder Jean Vanier meets Pope Francis

Irish members of L'Arche rejoice to see meeting of two men "with same heart".


Dioceses set for 24 hours for the Lord

Kildare & Leighlin, Cork & Ross, and Kerry to host 24 hours of confessions.


Pope strongly critical of the media’s sins

The sins of the media are misinformation, calumny and defamation.


Vatican appoints Marie Collins to anti abuse panel

Four women among three clergy and five laity from eight different countries on panel.


Pope prays with families of mafia victims

Mafia urged to stop their evil deeds and convert before they end up in hell.


Pope promotes confession with ’24 hours for the Lord’

Aim of prayer action is to have at least one church in every diocese open to offer confession.


Nuncio and Archbishop mark Pope’s inauguration

"Temptation to acclaim the things we like and shy away from other aspects of his teaching."


“Be close to your children” Pope urges fathers

St Joseph is a model for all fathers and educators.


Pope’s Evangelii Gaudium proves a bestseller

Sales surpass all expectations as Veritas considers possible fifth print run.


Pope prays for passengers and crew of Flight 370

Malaysian authorities not excluding possibility that plane was hijacked.


Incoming Bishop of Derry pays tribute to the city

Church must generate enthusiasm for the future rather than fear: Bishop McKeown.


Thousands view life-size Shroud of Turin exhibition

Dublin display shows reality of the suffering Jesus endured for us.


Warm wishes sent to Pope Francis for 1st anniversary

Pontiff “has truly captured the imagination, hearts and minds" of the people of Ireland.


Pope raps Religious over ‘theoretical poverty’

Francis urges Religious Institutes to be transparent in administering their assets.


Pope and Curia begin annual retreat on Sunday

Pontiff relates how he stole rosary cross from the coffin of a great confessor.


New Irish book looks at Pope’s first year in office

Collection of essays will be presented to Pope Francis in Rome next week.


Pope Francis gives another wide-ranging interview

Some of his most significant comments concern the role of women in the Church.

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