Peter Sutherland has said the international system’s capacity to cope with refugees has barely improved despite increasing numbers of migrants.

Former Irish Attorney General, Peter Sutherland, in his capacity as UN special representative for international migration, will have an audience with (...)

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin gave the only formal comment on the result of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum calling it a “defeat for humanity”. File photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

The “Yes” result of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum does not cut a lot of ice in the Holy See. That much was clear at a news conference on Tue(...)

Archbishop John Nienstedt, who resigned his position amid charges that the archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis in the US failed to protect children from a sexually abusive priest. Photograph: Reuters/Rick Wilking

Anyone who has doubts as to the severity of the “Francis revolution” currently blowing through the Vatican should probably take a look at last Mond(...)

 Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives in Tacloban, Philippines earlier this year. He demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”. Photograph: Wally Santana/AP. 1:30

In what has been arguably the most keenly anticipated papal encyclical of modern times, Pope Francis yesterday called on “all enter int(...)

 President Michael D Higgins said Ireland has “innate understanding” of world hunger given its Famine history. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It is not often that you will hear a legendary singer such as Seán O’Sé light up a dull, overcast Milan morning with a live rendition of The Foggy Dew(...)

President Michael D Higgins: after Milan, he and his wife will go to Rome, where Il Tradimento e Poesie (Poems and Betrayal), an Italian translation of his poems, will be launched. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins will officially open the Irish National Day at Expo 2015 in Milan this morning. Timed to coincide with Bloomsday, the Iri(...)

Pope Francis exchanges his skull cap with a little girl during his weekly general audience at St Peter’s Square in Rome on Wednesday. The pope has received a report recommending that bishops be made accountable for failures to protect victims of clerical child sex abuse. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

A major step forward may have been taken by the Holy See this week in addressing clerical child abuse with its decision to set up an unprecedented tr(...)

Australian cardinal George Pell: told an inquiry  the church should be no more responsible for the abuse of children than a trucking company was responsible for a driver who picked up and molested a woman while on the road. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

The Holy See has been shaken in the last week by an unseemly public row between Australian cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis’s closest advise(...)

Asked by The Irish Times if the two nuns had prayed a lot over the weekend, the spokesperson replied: “We don’t need to get stuck in a lift to pray. We pray all the time...”

For two Marist nuns in Rome, last Friday June 5th will forever be a date to remember. The two sisters were the last folks in a Marist house on the Vi(...)

Pope Francis arrives for a meeting at a diocesan youth centre as part of a one-day visit to Sarajevo in Bosnia. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

“I had a speech all ready for you but after hearing those testimonies, I feel I just have to speak off the cuff to you.” Perhaps the most moving mome(...)