Pope Francis greets an ambassador and his wife during an audience with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican on Monday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Pope Francis put the emphasis firmly on the plight of migrants in his annual address to diplomats at the Vatican, saying their cry is “the cry of thos(...)

Old country: Trevignanesi assemble to put the world to rights, at sunset by Lake Bracciano. Photograph: Paddy Agnew

Recently I had the pleasure of watching, via a cinema link-up in Rome, Covent Garden’s current version of Cavalleria Rusticana. While enjoying its sp(...)

A group  takes a selfie with an iPhone in front of the Colosseum in Rome: Apple has agreed to pay €318m to settle an Italian tax claim. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

An agreement by Apple to pay €318 million to settle an Italian tax claim in relation to profits declared in Ireland could have EU-wide implications, (...)

Dublin diocesan priest Monsignor Paul Tighe (57) has been appointed a bishop and secretary of the Vatican’s Council for Culture by Pope Francis.

Dublin diocesan priest Monsignor Paul Tighe (57) has been appointed a bishop and secretary of the Vatican’s Council for Culture by Pope Francis. It (...)

Licio Gelli: even though he was given a 10-year sentence for having “derailed” the Bologna station investigation and a 12-year sentence for his role in the Banco Ambrosiano collapse, Gelli actually spent little time in prison.

Licio Gelli, one of the most controversial public figures of the entire post-war era in Italy, died on Tuesday night in his private Villa Wanda reside(...)

 Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica, formally starting the Jubilee of Mercy, at the Vatican on Tuesday morning.  Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

“You are the door through which we come to thee, inexhaustible source of consolation for everyone . . .” With those words, Pope Francis on Tuesday m(...)

Pope Francis arriving at the St Maria Maggiore cathedral upon his return to Rome on Monday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Filippo Monteforte

Asked about the ongoing “Vatileaks 2” trial in the Vatican, Pope Francis on Monday joked that he was glad that 15th century femme fatale Lucrezia Borg(...)

Francesca Chaouqui and Msgr Angelo Lucio Vallejo Balda  during their trial in the Vatican: Msgr Balda said he had sex with Ms Chaouqui. She says they did not. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

In a “memorandum” published today in Rome daily La Repubblica, Spanish monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, one of five defendants in the ongoi(...)

Pope Francis delivers his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the City and to the World) message from St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican,  in 2013. Photograph: AP

It is indicative that two of the most recent books written about Pope Francis, namely The Promise Of Francis by David Willey and Francis, Pop(...)

Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi and PR consultant Francesca Chaouqui   during the Vatileaks 2 trial in the Vatican. Photograph: EPA/L’Osservatore Romano

The ongoing Vatican City trial into the theft of confidential Holy See documents, popularly known as Vatileaks 2, took a sensational turn this (...)