Pope Francis kisses and blesses Michael Keating (10), who has cerebral palsy, at Philadelphia airport. Photograph:Joseph Gidjunis/World Meeting of Families via AP

If the emphasis of the first half of Pope Francis’s US visit was about speaking hard truths to political and world leaders, the second half was about (...)

Pope Francis waves to the crowd during a parade in Philadelphia on Saturday night. Photograph: Matt Rourke/EPA

Pope Francis said that he met victims of clerical sex abuse in Philadelphia and that “all responsible will be held accountable”. Speaking at a seminar(...)

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Mark Makela/Reuters

Pope Francis landed in Philadelphia on the final stop of his tour of the United States, calling for a more active role for women and the laity in t(...)

Pope Francis was greeted by about 80,000 people as he drove through sprawling Central Park on Friday. Photograph: Richard Drew/Reuters

Pope Francis, a day after addressing the United Nations in New York, travels on Saturday to Philadelphia, the birthplace of US independence, to promot(...)

In 2011 a dosen former players, including Joe Horn (above) accused the league and its teams of repeatedly administering the painkiller Toradol before and during games. Photograph: John Amis/Pa

US Federal drug-enforcement agents questioned medical-staff members from the San Francisco 49ers and several other teams on Sunday as part of a contin(...)

  Protesters demanding higher wages and unionisation for fast food workers block traffic near Times Square, New York,  on September 4th. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The “Fight For 15” campaign is such a part of Danielle Wilson’s life that her four-year-old son David knows the demonstrators’ chants off by heart. Wh(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and captain Robbie Keane with Manhattan in the background ahead of the friendly against Costa Rica. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland squad took the train from Manhattan to Philadelphia yesterday afternoon ahead of tonight’s friendly game against Costa Rica(...)

US Airways flight AWE-711 was en route from Zurich in Switzerland to Philadelphia  and was about 200km west of the Clare coast when the problem was reported.

A passenger jet had to burn off thousands of litres of fuel before it could safely land at Shannon Airport yesterday after suffering a navigation syst(...)

Born to be Vile

Game-changers can come along at the most unexpected junctures. For Kurt Vile it was some time around 2011, when his fourth solo album (...)

The mayor of  US city Hobokon, Dawn Zimmer, wants the celebrations be held on a weekday to avoid excessive drinking.

The mayor of Hoboken in New Jersey has cancelled this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade due to the drunken behaviour and rowdiness it led to on previo(...)