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# pontiff - Monday 18 December, 2017

Archbishop says Pope Francis' visit to Ireland will cost around €20 million

It is likely a visit to a prison will be part of Pope Francis’ itinerary when he comes to Ireland in August.

# pontiff - Sunday 10 December, 2017

Government officials to meet next week to get plans underway for Pope Francis visit

Phoenix Park is on course to host the Pontiff for his farewell Mass during his visit next August.

# pontiff - Monday 15 February, 2016

BBC doc claims John Paul II had 'intense friendship' with married woman

His letters point to intense feelings between the pontiff and the Polish writer.

# pontiff - Monday 28 September, 2015

The Pope spent eight weeks in Ireland learning English

A rumoured visit in 2018 won’t be Jorge Bergoglio’s first visit to these shores.

# pontiff - Thursday 24 September, 2015

The Pope brought up some controversial topics with US politicians today

He gave his views on the death penalty and immigration, amongst other issues.

# pontiff - Thursday 11 June, 2015

Irish priest calls for bishops to be handed 'P45s' in open letter to Pope

“We have made such a mess here that it is difficult to know where to begin,” Fr Joe McDonald writes of the Church’s approach to sexuality.

# pontiff - Friday 20 March, 2015

Pope set to dine with gay and transgender inmates at a prison in Italy

This will happen during his visit to the Giuseppe Salvia Detention Centre.

# pontiff - Friday 13 February, 2015

Not having children a "selfish" act, says the Pope

It’s the latest in a series of candid pronouncements from the pontiff.

# pontiff - Friday 6 February, 2015

Pope says smacking children is okay -- as long as their dignity is maintained

Pope Francis said a good father should be able to “correct with firmness”.

# pontiff - Tuesday 11 November, 2014

Our new Vatican envoy has invited the Pope to Ireland (again)

Ireland’s new Vatican ambassador was accredited today, three years after the State closed its embassy.

# pontiff - Sunday 27 April, 2014

John Paul II was so popular in the 1980s, he even had a dress-doll book dedicated to him...

You might still find this gem lurking on a bookshelf in your parents’ house…

# pontiff - Thursday 17 April, 2014

Pope Francis has been washing people's feet ... again

The Pope washed the feet of a dozen elderly and disabled people during a ceremony in Rome.

# pontiff - Wednesday 19 March, 2014

Pope Francis is selling out (in Irish bookstores)

‘Evangelii Gaudium’ — written solely by the Pope — has been flying off the shelves since its publication late last year.

# pontiff - Thursday 13 March, 2014

How would you rate Pope Francis' first year in office?

The pontiff took up the role on this date last year.

# pontiff - Sunday 27 October, 2013

From The42 Sunderland's newest fan may not be welcome in Newcastle for a while Pope Francis

Sunderland's newest fan may not be welcome in Newcastle for a while

If the Pope is infallible, does that mean we should all support the Black Cats?

# pontiff - Tuesday 30 April, 2013

Benedict to move back to the Vatican, two months after resignation

The Pope Emeritus is likely to return to the Vatican on Thursday, a spokesman for the Holy See said.

# pontiff - Monday 15 April, 2013

Photos: Giant statue of Pope John Paul II unveiled in Poland

It’s almost 14 metres high, made out of fibreglass, and weighs five tonnes.

# pontiff - Friday 29 March, 2013

Pope Francis presides over his first Good Friday ceremony

The pope has attended the Passion of Christ in St Peter’s Basilica ahead of a torch-lit procession at the Colosseum later tonight.

# pontiff - Saturday 23 March, 2013

Column: Get 'white smoked' for the top job

Trying to move up the corporate ladder is always a competitive process – use professional social networking to help yourself stand out, writes Robert Mac Giolla Phadrig.

# pontiff - Friday 1 March, 2013

Cardinals begin process of arranging conclave to elect new pope

The tweets from the @pontifex Twitter account have been removed, with the account dormant awaiting a new pontiff.

# pontiff - Thursday 28 February, 2013

Benedict XVI formally steps down as leader of Catholic Church

Cardinals will now meet to elect a successor, while the 85-year-old former Joseph Ratzinger will be known as ‘Pope Emeritus’.

From The Daily Edge 10 most annoying replies the Pope got on Twitter Pontifex This post contains images

10 most annoying replies the Pope got on Twitter

Did @Pontifex really quit because he kept getting sass tweets?

Last day: Benedict XVI's papal powers expire at 7pm tonight

The pontiff will depart the Vatican later today to spend the next few months at the papal residence at Castel Gandolfo before he returns to the Vatican permanently to live a life of prayer and academic research.

# pontiff - Monday 11 February, 2013

In pictures: From Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI The Pope This post contains images

In pictures: From Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI

The life and times of the 265th Pope.

# pontiff - Saturday 7 April, 2012

Pope Benedict will not attend Eucharistic Congress in Dublin

The news was confirmed as the Pope appointed a Cardinal as his personal Legate to the event in June.