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# Pontiff

All time
# World Meeting of Families
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.
# pope plans
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.
# pope's letters
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.
# holiday abroad
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.
# Death Penalty
The Pope brought up some controversial topics with US politicians today
He gave his views on the death penalty and immigration, amongst other issues.
# meet me for a pizza
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.
# Naples
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.
# increasingly frank
Not having children a "selfish" act, says the Pope
It’s the latest in a series of candid pronouncements from the pontiff.
# increasingly frank
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”.
# an audience with
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.
# paper pontiff
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…
# pope on a rope
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.
# To be Frank
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.
# one year in office
How would you rate Pope Francis' first year in office?
The pontiff took up the role on this date last year.
# 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?
# Home Sweet Home
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.
# habemus statue
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.
# New Job
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.
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.
# Ex Benedict
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.
# Ex Benedict
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’.
# pontifex
10 most annoying replies the Pope got on Twitter
Did @Pontifex really quit because he kept getting sass tweets?
# All over
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.
# The Pope
In pictures: From Cardinal Ratzinger to Pope Benedict XVI
The life and times of the 265th Pope.
# Not coming
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.