File photograph dated August 12th, 2011 shows then Papal Nuncio Jozef Wesolowski attending a ceremony in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Photograph: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images

There was unexpected drama in the Holy See when a former papal nuncio, defrocked Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, fell ill on the eve of Saturday m(...)

Former Polish Archbishop Josef Wesolowski goes on trial in the Vatican on child sex abuse charges. Photograph:  Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty

Even though this has been a monumental week in the pontificate of Pope Francis, marked by his “homecoming” visit to hispanic South America, another eq(...)

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen said legislation should be changed to ensure former senior politicians did not get pension increases. Photograph: Brian Lawless

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen has said legislation should be changed to ensure former senior politicians do not get pension increases. Mr Cowen told T(...)

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny spoke about the Greek situation during a  visit to the Irish pavilion at Expo Milano.  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has denied that the European Union has shown more “solidarity” to Greece’s creditors than to the country’s people. Asked about a(...)

At a news conference in Milan this week, prosecutors claimed Mr Berlusconi has spent more than €10 million in the last four years bribing young ladies who attended the infamous parties, in order to buy their silence on the witness stand. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ EPA

Last Christmas, Karima El Mahroug, “Ruby” of the Berlusconi Rubygate trials to you, opted to have a holiday break in the Maldives. On the day she and (...)

A fan with a flag in the Argentine colours. The pope is not travelling  to his native Argentina during this trip. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Pope Francis sets out tomorrow on a week-long trip to three of Latin America’s poorest countries, namely Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay. Although the(...)

Canadian social activist Naomi Klein gestures during a press conference at the Vatican on Wednesday. Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images.

Pope Francis would appear to have won himself a new and not entirely expected admirer in the person of Canadian writer and social activist Naomi Klein(...)

Peter Sutherland: said the migration crisis was a problem “which can only be dealt with collectively, not in isolation to one another”.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

EU leaders defended their decision not to back mandatory quotas for migrants at a summit of EU leaders, pledging to agree a plan to redistribute 40(...)

Former EU Commissioner and Attorney General Peter Sutherland has called on Ireland to waive its exemption from Thursday’s night’s European Union agreement on the relocation of 40,000 refugees. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former EU Commissioner and Attorney General, Peter Sutherland has called on Ireland to waive its exemption from Thursday’s night’s European Union agre(...)

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 (...)