Pope begins Holy Week events without the public

Pope begins Holy Week events without the public

Thousands would usually flock to the ceremonies.

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Pope Francis: Put down your phones and turn off the TV this Lent

Pope Francis: Put down your phones and turn off the TV this Lent

The Pope warned Catholics of the ‘offensive and harmful words’ being amplified online.

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TP O’Mahony: Can Francis still marry tradition and reform?

TP O’Mahony: Can Francis still marry tradition and reform?

TP O’Mahony questions whether Pope Francis’ apparent U-turn over female deacons and the ordination of married men is his final word or merely an interim statement.

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Phoenix Park gates to be refurbished at cost of €820k

Phoenix Park gates to be refurbished at cost of €820k

The refurbishment of the famous gates of the Phoenix Park, Dublin, which were removed in advance of the visit of Pope Francis, will cost just over €820,000.

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Irish Examiner View:  Pope says no to married priests - Francis baulks at new reform

Irish Examiner View: Pope says no to married priests - Francis baulks at new reform

In one of the most significant and controversial decisions of his papacy, Pope Francis has dismissed a proposal to allow married men to be ordained in the Amazon region of South America to ease an acute shortage of priests there.

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Pope Francis stops short of approving married men for priesthood in the Amazon

Pope Francis stops short of approving married men for priesthood in the Amazon

Pope Francis has declined to approve the ordination of married men to address the priest shortage in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has dominated debate in the Catholic Church and even involved retired Pope Benedict XVI.

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Pope Francis slams IMF over developing nation debt burden

Pope Francis slams IMF over developing nation debt burden

Pope Francis staged a surprise visit to admonish the IMF chief and several finance ministers to help alleviate the debt burden of struggling countries, calling for “a new financial architecture” to ensure social justice.

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Pope abolishes ‘pontifical secret’ code in clergy sex abuse cases

Pope abolishes ‘pontifical secret’ code in clergy sex abuse cases

Francis said the code of confidentiality no longer applies to abuse-related accusations.

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Dancing and singing at Vatican Mass as Pope welcomes Congolese

Dancing and singing at Vatican Mass as Pope welcomes Congolese

Francis decided to celebrate the Mass to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Catholic Congolese Community in Rome.

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Pope emotional as statue taken to UK after Falklands War is returned to Argentina

Pope emotional as statue taken to UK after Falklands War is returned to Argentina

The statue ended up in a military cathedral in Britain, where it served as a focus for prayers for the dead from both sides.

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Pope’s chief bodyguard quits over handling of financial inquiry

Pope’s chief bodyguard quits over handling of financial inquiry

The move comes after a flyer identified five employees of the Holy See who have been suspended.

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Pope Francis meets Jesuit who has been criticised for LGBT outreach

Pope Francis meets Jesuit who has been criticised for LGBT outreach

The pontiff has been criticised by some conservatives for spreading a ‘homosexualist’ agenda.

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Pope Francis hits out at indifference to migrants and refugees

Pope Francis hits out at indifference to migrants and refugees

The pontiff made his remarks at a mass at the Vatican City.

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Pope to call for nuclear disarmament during November visit to Thailand and Japan

Pope to call for nuclear disarmament during November visit to Thailand and Japan

Many of Japan’s small Catholics community live in Nagasaki which suffered an atomic attack in 1945.

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Pope Francis praises diversity of Mauritius but warns against economic inequality

Pope Francis praises diversity of Mauritius but warns against economic inequality

The pontiff was making his last stop on a tour of Africa.

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Chagos Islanders use papal visit to Mauritius to highlight desire to return home

Chagos Islanders use papal visit to Mauritius to highlight desire to return home

Thousands of the islanders were evicted in the 1960s and 1970s so the US military could build a base at Diego Garcia.

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Pope Francis arrives in Mauritius to honour missionary who ministered to freed slaves

Pope Francis arrives in Mauritius to honour missionary who ministered to freed slaves

Pope Francis has arrived in the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius to celebrate its diversity and honour a 19th century French missionary who ministered to freed slaves.

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Pope Francis arrives in Mozambique on first stage of African pilgrimage

Pope Francis arrives in Mozambique on first stage of African pilgrimage

The pontiff will also visit Madagascar and Mauritius.

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Pope rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in Vatican lift

Pope rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in Vatican lift

Francis said a ‘drop in tension’ caused the lift to block and asked those in St Peter’s Square to applaud the firefighters who rescued him.

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A Pope too many: Does Pope Francis have a mutiny on his hands?

A Pope too many: Does Pope Francis have a mutiny on his hands?

After his resignation in 2013, Pope Benedict chose to live in the Vatican in silence. But his presence, his influence, and a growing campaign is causing problems for Pope Francis and threatens to undermine his papacy, writes TP O’Mahony.

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Pope dons safety helmet for earthquake-hit cathedral visit

Pope dons safety helmet for earthquake-hit cathedral visit

Francis was in Camerino in central Italy.

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Bishops give guarded response to wording change for the Lord's Prayer

Bishops give guarded response to wording change for the Lord's Prayer

Bishops have given a guarded response when asked if they plan to follow their Italian counterparts and change the wording of the Lord's Prayer.

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Pope Francis takes migrant children for a spin in his popemobile

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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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