Pope Francis tries on a pair of spectacles at his optician’s shop in Via del Babuino, in central Rome. Photograph: Daniel Soehne/AP 0:44

Tourists and shoppers in Rome’s central Via del Babuino, just off Piazza del Popolo, got a surprise on Friday evening when a man dressed as the pope s(...)

Pope Francis (centre) arriving to lead his general audience in Saint Peter’s Square. File photograph: Osservatore Romano

The Vatican has said transexuals cannot be godparents after a Spanish bishop sought official clarification from the church on the matter, it has emerg(...)

File photograph of former papal nuncio Josef Wesolowski. File photograph: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images

The Holy See today stated that the autopsy on the former papal nuncio Josef Wesolowski, who died on Thursday night in the Vatican, has concluded that (...)

 Archbishop Josef Wesolowski was  charged with child abuse and possession of child pornography. In June 2014, he was found guilty by a church disciplinary panel and deemed no longer fit to serve as a priest. Photograph: Danny Polanco/EPA

The Holy See has announced that the controversial former papal nuncio, Archbishop Josef Wesolowski (67), on trial in the Vatican on charges of paedo(...)

Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman poses with an advertisement for the website. File photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters 2:02

The boss of adultery website Ashley Madison has resigned from the firm in the wake of the hacking scandal, which saw the details of up to 37 million c(...)

 Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown believes relations between Ireland and the Vatican are now “quite good and immensely improved from four years ago”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 4:21

Ireland’s Catholic bishops have been praised by the papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, for the compassion with which they dealt with marriage-equ(...)

A talk to be given at a community centre in Cloyne diocese   by Fr Tony Flannery (above), who holds liberal views on women priests, homosexuality and contraception,  has been cancelled. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A talk to be given by Fr Tony Flannery at a community centre in Cloyne diocese has been cancelled by order of Bishop William Crean. It’s understood t(...)

 Pope Francis holds a placard reading: ‘It’s time for dialogue between Argentina and the United Kingdom for Falklands.’ A spokesman said:  ‘The Holy Father did not even realise he had this object in his hands.’ Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

Pope Francis was sucked into Argentina’s dispute with the UK over the Falkland Islands after an activist thrust a sign in his hands calling for dialog(...)

Fr Tony Flannery, who in 2012 was suspended from public ministry by the Vatican, celebrated Mass in a Co Galway family home last week. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Actor Martin Sheen and leading American Benedictine nun Sr Joan Chittister have endorsed the third international Women’s Ordination Worldwide confer(...)

The refectory at Convent di San Francesco.

The fiercest heat of the day was fading as we climbed the last 2km to the perched Tuscan town of San Miniato Alto, grateful for the fresh evening b(...)