Pope Francis takes migrant children for a spin in his popemobile

The eight children gave the pontiff hugs and took a selfie after their tour of St Peter’s Square.

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Pope ordains 19 new priests during Vatican ceremony

At one point, the seminarians lay face down on the floor as part of proceedings.

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Pope Francis to visit refugee centre during his stay in Bulgaria

The pontiff is visiting the EU’s poorest country which has taken a hard line against migrants.

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Pope pays tribute to hairdressers but urges them to cut back on the gossip

The Pope has had a cut at hairdressers for indulging in gossip while coiffing their customers’ locks.

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Pope Francis donates $500,000 to help migrants in Mexico

The aid is intended to assist the more than 75,000 people who arrived in Mexico in 2018, in six migrant caravans.

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Papal visit leads to surge in donations

At least 25 new social housing units will be provided for homeless families after the Capuchin Day Centre provided €5m in funding to the Peter McVerry Trust, with the Pope’s visit providing a surge in donations.

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Pope: Women have 'legitimate claims' for justice and equality in Church

Pope Francis has said women have "legitimate claims" to seek more justice and equality in the Catholic Church, but stopped short of endorsing more sweeping calls to recognise the "urgency of an inevitable change" to give them leadership roles.

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Pope mandates reporting of sex abuse claims in Vatican City

Francis also issued child protection guidelines for Vatican City State and its youth seminary.

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Pope shunned ring-kissing because he did not want to spread germs, Vatican says

The pontiff was criticised for withdrawing his hand from well-wishers in Loreto on Monday.

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Pope Francis to visit three capitals in September tour

The pontiff will visit Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius.

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Pope Francis praises integration as he visits Rome’s mayor

Virginia Raggi welcomed the pontiff to the Capitoline Hill where her administration is based.

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Pope’s promises on abuse disappoint victims

Philip Pullella Pope Francis, ending a landmark conference on sexual abuse of children by clergy, has called for an “all-out battle” against a crime he said should be “erased from the face of the Earth”.

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Pontiff’s mixed message: Time to mind the language

Pope Francis set the right tone in previewing the Vatican’s summit on clerical sexual abuse when he told the Church’s hierarchy that what is expected of them is not only condemnation of the crimes against children and teenagers but also tangible action to ensure that the cover-up culture is closed down and that justice is done.

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Pope demands bishops act now on abuse as victims speak of pain

Pope Francis opened a landmark sex abuse prevention summit by warning senior Catholic figures that the faithful are demanding concrete action against predator priests and not just words of condemnation.

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Struggling to sustain relevance - Vatican conference on abuse

Apart from achieving independence, joining the European Union, and almost unlimited access to education, nothing has changed this society as dramatically as the Catholic Church’s spectacular loss of power.

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Why Pope Francis must always watch his back

His stated intention to decentralise the Catholic Church’s power and reform its central bureaucracy, the Curia, has not endeared Francis to traditionalists, says TP O’Mahony

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Pope Francis lifts suspension on Nicaraguan priest and poet

Pope Francis has lifted the suspension imposed in 1983 on Nicaraguan priest and poet Ernesto Cardenal, the Vatican's ambassador to Nicaragua said.

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Pope has chance to change church's response to scandal, campaigner says

The four-day summit which begins on Thursday is the first time a Pope has called such a large group of senior clergy together to discuss the protection of children in the Church.

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Dublin-born Cardinal Kevin Farrell named as 'Camerlengo' by Pope Francis

Dublin-born Cardinal Kevin Farrell has been named by Pope Francis as the new 'Camerlengo', a high-ranking member of the clergy who runs the Vatican between the death or resignation of a pontiff and the election of a new one.

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Pope approves miracle needed for British cardinal’s sainthood

Cardinal John Henry Newman renounced his academic career at Oxford University to convert to Catholicism in 1845.

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Pope condemns violence in God’s name

He spoke during the first papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula.

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Pope Francis arrives in Abu Dhabi on first papal trip to Arabian Peninsula

Francis earlier appealed for an end to Yemen’s humanitarian crisis.

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Pope blasts ‘invisible walls’ in bringing youth festival to jail

Francis celebrated an emotional penitential liturgy inside Panama’s main youth prison.

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Pope urges public officials to live simply, honestly and transparently during visit to Panama

Pope Francis urged public officials to live simply, honestly and transparently as he opened a visit to a Central American region that has been rife with corruption scandals and is now coping with political upheaval in nearby Venezuela.

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Pope Francis arrives in Panama to celebrate World Youth Day

The pontiff also revealed plans to visit Japan.

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Pope launches new prayer app for Catholics called Click To Pray

The app invites you to “pray with the Pope”.

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Pope comments on paedophilia - Time for action on clerical abuse

The declaration by Pope Francis, describing paedophilia as one of the “vilest” of crimes, is the clearest indication yet that he may be prepared finally to tackle the issue of child sex abuse within the Catholic Church.

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Church will 'never again' cover up clergy sex abuse, pledges Pope

Pope Francis has vowed that the Catholic Church will "never again" cover up clergy sex abuse and demanded that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in.

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Watch: Little boy climb onto stage to play during Pope's audience

The boy’s mother went on stage to fetch him and explained to Francis that he could not speak.

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Research shows plurality believe papal visit didn't do enough to address clerical abuse

Research by Queen’s University Belfast has found a plurality of Irish people believe that Pope Francis did not do enough to address clerical abuse during his recent papal visit to Ireland.

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Pope Francis defrocks two Chilean bishops over sex abuse

The Vatican took the unusual step of issuing a statement clarifying the reasons for their removal.

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Readers' Blog: Pope Francis blaming the Devil isn’t credible

In recent days the Pope has been suggesting that Catholics pray for the whole month of October to tackle Satan, who his holiness thinks is responsible for the scourge of child abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.

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Pope accepts cardinal’s resignation amid cover-up scandal

A Vatican statement said Francis had accepted Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s resignation

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Pope allows study of Vatican archives into McCarrick scandal

Francis has said he would not say a word about the allegations.

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Pope opens youth summit and condemns ‘scourge’ of clericalism

Pope Francis urged Catholic bishops to dream of a future free of the mistakes of the past and hit out at clericalism as he opened a global church leadership meeting amid renewed outrage over the priestly sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

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Pope Francis acknowledges abuse scandals driving people from church

Pope Francis has acknowledged that the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church are driving people away and said the church must change if it wants to keep future generations.

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I am the devil next to John Paul, jokes Pope Francis

The pontiff was speaking while on his way to Lithuania.

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It’s official: 152,000 people turned out for Papal Mass

The mystery of how many people attended the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park finally appears to have been solved.

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Bono says Pope Francis ‘aghast’ about church sex abuse

Pope Francis is under pressure to reveal what he knew about abusers.

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Pope tells mafia to change its ways

Francis was visiting Sicily to honour a priest killed by mob henchmen for trying to protect youths from the clutches of organised crime.

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Update: Pope Francis warns mafia: You can't take it with you

Update 7pm: Pope Francis has today appealed to the mafia to renounce their quests for power and money.

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Readers' blog: Pope should not be facing our protests

I would like to express some personal views on Pope Francis’s visit, the World Meeting of Families, and the Roman Curia.

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Readers' blog: Holier-than- thou? Take a look in the mirror

The recent visit by Pope Francis has given us all time for some necessary reflection.

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Readers Blog: Pope should have shed all the trappings of wealth

After Pope Francis’ lukewarm reception in Ireland, it may be the words of the Taoiseach LeoVaradkar that will be remembered.

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Italian journalist says he helped write bombshell against Pope

Marco Tosatti said he helped Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano write and edit his 11-page testimony.

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Pope on abuse claims letter: I won’t say a word about it

He was speaking to reporters on a flight to Rome after wrapping up a two-day visit to Ireland.

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Readers Blog: Pope’s visit - Leave poison inside your four wall

As someone who has written into any future death notice regarding little old me, I specifically mention: ‘No priests — no prayers — no problem’.

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Visit of Pope Francis: Justified protest possibly unwise

US President Donald Trump long ago recognised the payback potential in taking extreme positions against civilised opponents.

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Lord Mayor confirms Pope's visit will cause some families to be moved out of emergency accommodation

Dublin's Lord Mayor has confirmed some homeless families will have to be moved out of their emergency accommodation during the Pope's visit.

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Colm O'Gorman calls on people hurt or abused by church to join solidarity meeting

Colm O'Gorman has called on people who were hurt or abused by members of the Catholic Church to join a solidarity meeting to be held at the same time as Pope Francis begins mass in Dublin.

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Varadkar to raise concerns over abuse when Pope visits

Francis will visit Dublin and Knock on the weekend of August 25 and 26.

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Tenor Bocelli to perform for Pope in Dublin

The August 25 Festival of Families concert will celebrate families and their faith from all around the world.

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Pope won’t meet abuse victims: Wrong again

The Vatican mandarins who, presumably with some Irish input, planned this month’s flying visit — around 36 hours — by Pope Francis have a deep understanding of protocol, of what is unavoidable and what is to be avoided.

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Pope alters church’s position on death penalty

Francis has changed the catechism of the Catholic Church which is the compilation of official Catholic teaching.

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Latest: People to get chance to see Pope Francis in his Popemobile in Dublin during stay

The Archbishop of Dublin says Pope Francis needs to meet with survivors of clerical sex abuse when he comes to Ireland.

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People attending Pope Francis event urged to leave the car at home

People attending the visit of Pope Francis to Phoenix Park are being told to leave their cars at home.

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An Post to release two new stamps to mark Pope Francis visit to Ireland

These stamps will definitely prove popular with some.

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Those selling merchandise around Pope's visit should make donation to charity say organisers

Organisers of the Pope’s trip to Ireland say stores selling unofficial merchandise should consider donating some of the profits to charity.

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Pope Francis confirms visit to Panama for World Youth Day

The pontiff has previously presided over similar events in Brazil and Poland.

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