Pope Francis gestures while speaking to journalists aboard the flight from South Korea to Italy on Monday. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Three relatives of Pope Francis, two great nephews and their mother, have been killed in a traffic collision in Argentina. The dead include a baby of (...)

Pope Francis at the celebration of a Mass on the occasion of the closing of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi-myeon, South Korea, yesterday. The pontiff led the beatification ceremony of 124 Korean martyrs. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA.

In words that will resonate in several Asian countries, including China, North Korea and Vietnam, Pope Francis yesterday reached out to communist nat(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady. Photograph: Eric Luke

The sole clerical abuse survivor on the Vatican’s new Commission for the Protection of Minors, Marie Collins, says she hopes Catholic Primate Cardina(...)

A displaced man and a woman from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Iran turned its back on Nouri al-Maliki yesterday, and congratulated his designated successor as prime minister of Iraq, paving the way for Mr Maliki’(...)

The Thai government has introduced insurance for visitors whose policies have a null-and-void provision due to the coup in May

INSURANCE FOR THAILAND The Thai government has introduced online travel insurance for visitors whose policies have a null-and-void provision d(...)

Nicole Kane with her Mum Marie and the letter she received from the Pope. Photograph: Thomas Nolan

Not many Irish teenagers can claim to have received a personal letter from Pope Francis. But Co Carlow’s Nicole Kane (14) can. The letter is short and(...)

Pope Francis delivers his Sunday Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican today. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Recalling that tomorrow marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first World War, Pope Francis has issued another impassioned appeal for pe(...)

The contrast between Pope Francis and the seeming privileges of some of those around him are clearly provoking a “nervous” moment in the Holy See. Photograph: Reuters

It was possibly a watershed moment in Holy See media relations. The scene was the Sala Stampa of the Holy See some 10 days ago. Australian Cardinal Ge(...)

Vendors have always held glitzy technology events to push new products and services, but seismic changes in the way enterprise technology is delivered(...)

Pope Francis leads prayers in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

In a highly unusual move, senior Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, intervened yesterday to deny comments allegedly made by Pope Francis to R(...)