Pope Francis arrives with bishops and cardinals for the morning session of the last day of the Synod on the Family at the Vatican on Saturday. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

If anyone ever had any doubt that there are forces inside both the Catholic Church and the Roman Curia working against Pope Francis and his “reform pr(...)

Pope Francis leads a mass to mark the closure of the Synod on the Family in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The Vatican’s synod on the family has ended with the issuing of a document advocating “no change”, which was approved by more by than two-thirds of th(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin attends a news conference at the end of a morning session of the synod on the family at the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Eamon Martin, has said there has been a “sense of convergence” at the ongoing Synod of Bishops on the Family in the Vatic(...)

Newspaper group claims that a small dark spot on Francis’ brain was identified during a check-up seven months ago. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Vatican has strongly denied Italian media reports that Pope Francis is suffering from a brain tumour. Senior Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lo(...)

In a surprise move, Pope Francis opened his Wednesday public audience in St Peter’s Square by apologising to the 25,000 pilgrims for the “scandals...o(...)

South African cardinal Wilfred Napier, said a paper calling for greater inclusivity towards homosexuals had been published at last year’s synod without prior knowledge of many. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Senior conservative cardinals have complained that efforts are being made at the Synod of Bishops in Rome to guarantee liberal-sounding “pre-cooked” p(...)

Pope Francis prays at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington during his five-day trip to the US. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

If the idea of having Pope Francis meet with anti-same sex marriage activist Kim Davis during his recent visit to the US was an attempt to put a spann(...)

Former Rome mayor Ignazio Marino arriving at City Hall on Friday, the day after his resignation. Among others, he appeared to have annoyed Pope Francis. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Who sacked the mayor of Rome, the former transplant surgeon Ignazio Marino? Was it his party boss, prime minister Matteo Renzi, annoyed with the an(...)

A screengrab of   Italian priest Don Gino Flaim, who has been suspended from his functions at the San Pio X church in Trent, northern Italy, after he made comments in which he appeared to “justify” paedophilia.

A 75-year-old Italian priest, Don Gino Flaim, has been suspended from his functions at the San Pio X church in Trent, northern Italy, after he made co(...)

Pope Francis attends the synod on the family at St Peter’s basilica in the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/AFP/Getty Images

The climate was one of no change on yesterday’s opening day of the Vatican’s Synod on the Family. Lest anyone be under the illusion that this s(...)