Two sections of the Berlin Wall measuring being transported by lorry from Berlin. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

It proved a symbol of oppression for many during its former use, however, visitors to Lismore Castle will now be able to appreciate the Berlin Wall in(...)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation comes two years after he stepped down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, having admitted inappropriate sexual behaviour towards priests in the 1980s. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

In an extremely rare move, the Vatican yesterday announced that the pope had accepted the resignation of the “rights and privileges” of a cardinal,(...)

In a word... Ides

One of the great privileges of my day job is that I get to Rome reasonably regularly. Were it not for our Rome correspondent, Paddy Agnew, I would be (...)

Also on the programme former president of Ireland Mary McAleese says that while she likes Pope Francis she feels he just doesn’t get women – “there’s a blind side here.” Photograph: The Irish Times

Pope Francis has been publicly criticised by Irish American and senior Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke in a documentary to be broadcast on RTÉ One tele(...)

The Vatican’s UN Ambassador Archbishop  Silvano Tomasi has said the use of force will be necessary to protect minority groups from Islamic State aggression if a political solution cannot be achieved. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA.

The Vatican’s UN ambassador has said the use of force will be necessary to protect minority groups from Islamic State aggression if a political solut(...)

The Sacred Hour [First version] (1907) by Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler. The image replaced one depicting Man Ray’s Venus Restored on the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture  after an outcry. Photograph via Pontifical Council for Culture’s website

The Vatican has removed the controversial Venus Restored (1936) by Surrealist artist Man Ray from the website of its Pontifical Council for Culture. T(...)

The two Californian tourists managed to carve a “J” and an “N” around 8cm high in the wall of the Colosseum, before taking a selfie with their handiwork. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Tourists are once again getting into trouble in Italy, with two American women caught carving their names into Rome’s Colosseum.The Californians, aged(...)

People stand in front of the coffin of Kluiver Roa during his funeral. The 14-year-old was fatally shot at an anti-government protest in the western city of San Cristobal in Venezuela on Tuesday. Photograph: Carlos Eduardo Ramirez/Reuters

Sporadic protests flared in different parts of Venezuela on Wednesday, a day after a policeman shot dead a teenager during a demonstration against pre(...)

Minister for Tourism for Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan (right) and Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe unveiling plans for global St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has paid tribute to Ireland’s diplomatic corps “who have played a huge role in the restoration of our in(...)

When it came to the ritual exchange, the German leader offered the Pope not only a collection Bach CDs but also a white envelope containing money, intended for child refugees from Syria and Iraq. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/AFP/Getty Images

It was another busy Saturday in the Vatican as Pope Francis received German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a private audience. Earlier he had met with pi(...)