U2 guitarist The Edge, whose real name is David Evans, poses with Irish bishop Paul Tighe before listening to US vice-president Joe Biden speak at the Vatican. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

U2 guitarist The Edge has become the first rock star to play in the Sistine Chapel, a venue he described as “the most beautiful parish hall in the wor(...)

 Pope Francis   with US vice-president Joe Biden. Photograph: AFP Photo/Osservatore Romano

For the second time in this US election year, a senior Democratic figure, on Friday, dropped in on Pope Francis at the Vatican.   Two weeks’ ag(...)

Rene Brulhart, president of the Vatican Financial Information Authority  argued that the increased number of suspicious case reports was a direct result of the work of his own institution. Photograph:  Andrew Medichini/AP Photo

The Holy See’s financial information authority on Thursday reported a threefold increase in reports of “suspicious activities” last year.   Pr(...)

Cardinals Lorenzo Baldisseri, left, and Christoph Schoenborn show a copy of ‘The Joy of Love’. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP Photo

Are these guys for real? The latest exhortation from the Vatican, Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love, shows that the Catholic Church is still obsessed w(...)

Cardinal George Pell, head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, says he hopes an audit of the Vatican finances will resume very shortly, following its suspension this week. Photograph:  Daniel Munoz/Reuters

An external audit of Vatican finances being carried out by global firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has been suspended by the Holy See. The move raises f(...)

Pope Francis welcomes Syrian refugees at Ciampino airport in Rome following his visit to a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte

Not for the first time in this pontificate, Pope Francis sprang a surprise, this time by bringing three Syrian migrant families to the Vatican. Fran(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton:  her  decision on Iraq was put through a political filter and a paranoid mindset. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

It’s hard not to feel sorry for Hillary Clinton. She is hearing ghostly footsteps. She’s having her inevitability challenged a second time by a morali(...)

People stand on the debris of a building after an earthquake struck off the Pacific coast in Manta, Ecuador on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades has flattened buildings and buckled roads along the country’s Pacific coast, killing hundreds of pe(...)

Retired Bishop Willie Walsh said he believed many abuse survivors had no one to talk to about their experiences. File photograph

Retired Bishop Willie Walsh has said he used to sit and cry in the aftermath of meetings with survivors of church sex abuse. Admitting he did not in(...)

Pope Francis meets refugees at the Moria refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP

Pope Francis returned from a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, taking 12 Syrian refugees with him as a “gesture of welcome” amidst wha(...)