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    Pope Francis

    In an interview for Italian newspaper “La Repubblica”, Pope Francis has said that about 2 per cent of Catholic  clergy are paedophiles.   The interview in which the pontiff also addressed the issue of celibacy in the church prompted the Vatican to release a statement saying that the conversation between the Pope and the founder of the newspaper hadn’t been recorded and that it hadn’t used Pope Francis’ exact words. Joining Sean from Rome, Vatican Affairs commentator, David Willey.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0714/630614-today-with-sean-o-rourke-monday-14-july-2014/?clipid=1628962
    Canonisations in Rome

    Canonisations in Rome

    Today sees the unprecedented canonisation of perhaps the two most influential Popes of the 20th century, John XXIII and John Paul II. The dual canonisation underlines Pope Francis’s ability to bear in mind “the different constituencies” that make up the 1.2 billion strong Catholic Church. The two Popes to be made saints represent very different communities on the Catholic landscape. Paddy Agnew, The Irish Times Rome Correspondent, talks to Marian live from Rome where the cermony has just ended.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/marian-finucane/programmes/2014/0427/612005-marian-finucane-sunday-27-april-2014/?clipid=1549693
    Pope Francis – One Year On

    Pope Francis – One Year On

    Exactly one year ago today, the white smoke in St Peter’s Square indicated that a new pope had been elected. Shortly after Jorge Mario Bergoglio made his first appearance. His papacy thus far has been nothing if not interesting. Keelin was joined from Galway by Fr Tony Flannery; by author, Paul Vallelly and by Gerard O’Connell, Vatican Affairs Analyst with the Universe.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0313/601969-today-with-sean-o-rourke-thursday-13-march-2014/?clipid=1507716
    Child Abuse: Vatican Commission + Irish Audit.

    Child Abuse: Vatican Commission + Irish Audit.

    Child abuse and its aftermath are back in the news.  Last Thursday, Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley communicated the Pope’s approval of a proposal submitted by the Council of 8 Cardinals to create a Commission for the protection of minors, while here in Ireland on Tuesday, The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI), published its audit of 6 dioceses and 2 religious orders. We’re joined by survivor of clerical sex abuse and activist Marie Collins, and Fr. Tony Flannery of the Association of Catholic Priests.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/the-god-slot/programmes/2013/1213/492762-the-god-slot-friday-13-december-2013/?clipid=1377398

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