Pope Francis  swings an incense thurible during a canonisation ceremony to elevate six men and women to sainthood,  in St Peter’s square at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The Boston Globe has claimed that US Jesuit Fr Robert J Geisinger, the man appointed as the Holy See’s “promoter of justice” last September by Pope(...)

 Protesters battle  high winds and rain on Vinegar Hill, while taking part in a protests against pylons and wind turbines, at Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, last January. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

After the opening credits of his TV3 programme on Wednesday night, Vincent Browne took a swing at the Government at the end of one of the more chaste(...)

Gavin O Reilly: His Red Flag is opening a Paris office

The excellent RTÉ documentary this week on the travails of Sir Anthony O’Reilly included an interview with his oilman son, Tony Junior. Or JR for shor(...)

ROMANIA: civilians cross Bucharest on a truck waving flags where the communist symbol has been cut off
1989’s other revolutions
  • Europe
  • November 6, 2014, 06:00

At a remove of 25 years, many people remember the collapse of communism in eastern Europe starting with the fall of the Berlin Wall.But by the time th(...)

Pope Francis: “Perhaps he  asked people, now who is the most marginalised priest in Madrid,” said Fr d’Orso. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Spanish priest Fr Pablo d’Ors, a consultant to the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture, yesterday said he was “absolutely” in favour of opening (...)

Hannah Barry (8) and Alex Blood (7)  at the Get Your Spook Off Halloween event at St Catherine’s Church, Thomas Street. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There was a time – and it wasn’t that long ago – when Halloween was a low-key affair, when the nation’s children donned cheap plastic masks and wander(...)

In most previous synods, the mid-synod “Relatio” was so boring and unenlightening that it was generally ignored. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Just about the most remarkable Vatican story your Rome correspondent ever covered came back in October 1992. It concerned a speech that Pope John Paul(...)

Light show: An interior view of the Sistine Chapel with a new LED lighting display in Vatican City. After three years’ work, a new air conditioning and air exchange system has also been installed. Photograph: EPA

Is an elderly lady entitled to a facelift? Well, when she has to receive an average of 20,000 visitors per day a little bit of visual refreshment neve(...)

Pope Francis talks with Bolivia’s president Evo Morales as he meets members of the Popular Movements at the Vatican today. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Pope Francis has said “land, housing and work are increasingly unavailable to the majority” of the world’s population, adding that to express “solida(...)

 Pope Francis  leads the mass on the occasion of the end of the extraordinary synod of the family and the beatification of Paul VI in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

A gay and lesbian campaign group has described a new document on homosexuality published last night by the Vatican Synod of the Family is a missed opp(...)