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(...)

Juventus’ Paul Pogba is one of the most sought-after footballers in Europe. Photograh: Giorgio Perottino/Reuters

In the mixed zone of the gleaming, ultra modern Juventus stadium during last Monday’s ‘media day’, Juventus’ talented French wunderkind, 22-year-ol(...)

A nun arranges flowers on the stage at Sarajevo city stadium ahead of the visit of Pope Francis. Photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Meeting with his cardinals on the day after his election in March 2013, Pope Francis exchanged a few significant words with the Archbishop of Sarajevo(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi during a military parade on Via dei Fori Imperiali avenue during celebrations marking Republic Day in central Rome on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP Photo/ Andreas Solaro

Despite dropping more than two million votes, the Democratic Party (PD) of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi scored another significant success on S(...)

Juventus FC head coach Massimiliano Allegri: “All you have to do is play, play well and do the right things.” Photo:  Valerio Pennicino/Getty

In his gritty Tuscan way, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has a plan for how to play next Saturday night’s Champions League final in Berlin agains(...)

Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi campaigning in Ameglia on Sunday. Photograph: Paolo Zeggio/EPA

Even Homer nods, or in this case scores an own goal. Former prime minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi got his campaign rallies confused the other nig(...)

When the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, called the result of last weekend’s referendum a “defeat for humanity”, were we looking (...)