Pope Francis covers his face due winds upon his arrival to Quito, Ecuador. Photograph: Jose Jacome/EPA

Laughing as his hat flew off in the Andean highland wind, Pope Francis flew into Ecuador on Sunday to start a “homecoming” tour of South America, wher(...)

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(...)

Former archbishop of Benin Richard Burke. Photograph: Courts Collins

A former Catholic archbishop has told the High Court he wanted a woman to seek the return of a letter, sent by her to Rome, which accused him of sexua(...)

Salvatore ’Toto’ Schillaci of Italy celebrates his winning goal against Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Amid disaster, triumph, and in defeat, jubilation. Italian football supporters leaving the magnificent Olympic Stadium in Rome on Saturday night gazed(...)

Peter Cassells: “There was actually a point where Dick Spring asked for that Monday to be declared a public holiday but Charlie Haughey basically told him to go to hell.”

“I’m one of the ones with regrets,” says Peter Cassells. “I regret that I didn’t just sell the fridge and go; or that I wasn’t of the ones that went(...)

Detail from Narciso by Sandro Chia

Meraviglia (Marvel) Three artists: Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Michael Warren Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin ***** The trio of tale(...)

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(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady told the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry the scandal of Brendan Smyth’s paedophilia was “kept a secret – very, very secret”. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Retired Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady has said he was “truly sorry” for the “totally inadequate and ineffective” manner in which the church dea(...)

File photograph of former abbot of the Norbertine Order and Brendan Smyth’s superior, Kevin Smith, who told police he did not realise at the time that paedophilia was a crime.

The former abbot of the Kilnacrott Norbertine Abbey in Co Cavan, Kevin Smith, has been accused of telling lies about his knowledge of when Fr Brend(...)

Political leadership in Ireland to tackle vested groups in the area of climate change was absent while an appetite to seriously address greenhouse gas(...)