Pope Francis  kisses Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I after they signed a joint statement at St George church, the principal Greek Orthodox cathedral, in Istanbul on November 30th, 2014. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Reuters

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew 1 took another step down the long road to Catholic-Orthodox unity when they prayed together in the G(...)

 Pope Francis has begun a visit to Turkey with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Imam Ishak Kizilaslan of Istanbul’s celebrated Blue Mosque has said he hopes the city’s controversial museum, the Aya Sofya, will one day be restored (...)

Pope Francis and Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara: Any illusions about the difficulties of Muslim-Christian, East-West dialogue the pontiff might have had were dispelled by a remarkable statement by the Turkish leader. Photograph: Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Reuters

If Pope Francis had any illusions about the difficulties of Muslim-Christian, East-West dialogue, they would have been dispelled by a remarkable st(...)

 A banner showing Pope Francis and and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I is seen through a gate of the St Antuan church in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Pope Francis, who originally indicated he might not travel as much as some of his immediate predecessors, is back on the road again this weekend as h(...)

Pope Francis  swings an incense thurible during a canonisation ceremony to elevate six men and women to sainthood,  in St Peter’s square at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The Boston Globe has claimed that US Jesuit Fr Robert J Geisinger, the man appointed as the Holy See’s “promoter of justice” last September by Pope(...)

 Pope Francis called on every state to guarantee natural law and “the pillars of truth” so that the “aim of feeding the human family becomes feasible”, at the  second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome yesterday.  Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope Francis has told the UN’s International Conference on Nutrition that the fight against hunger is “hindered by market priorities”. The pope was a(...)

Pope Francis  has called world hunger “one of the most dramatic paradoxes of our time which we are witnessing helplessly and often with indifference”.  Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope Francis will today address the second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome, organised by the UN bodies, the Food and Agriculture Organis(...)

Eggs and fireworks were thrown at the Italian economy ministry in Rome during street protests at the weekend. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

Pope Francis yesterday called on city authorities to deal with the “social emergency” created by tensions between residents and immigrants in various(...)

Author Roberto Saviano. Photograph:  Barbara Zanon/Getty Images

When Salvatore Mancuso Gómez, a paramilitary leader and drug trafficker, took the witness stand in a Colombian court on January 15th, 2007, he brought(...)

Italian writer Roberto Saviano (centre): ‘Asked on television this week if this week’s court ruling had tempted him to leave Italy, Saviano’s reply to the programme presenter was nothing if not eloquently laconic, saying: “And were you tempted to leave?”.’ Photograph: EPA/CIRO FUSCO

Paddy Agnew in Rome “I am sorry to say this but in all these difficult and complicated years I’ve always had the impression that the “strongest” part (...)