Pope Francis delivers his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the City and to the World) message from St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican,  in 2013. Photograph: AP

It is indicative that two of the most recent books written about Pope Francis, namely The Promise Of Francis by David Willey and Francis, Pop(...)

Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi and PR consultant Francesca Chaouqui   during the Vatileaks 2 trial in the Vatican. Photograph: EPA/L’Osservatore Romano

The ongoing Vatican City trial into the theft of confidential Holy See documents, popularly known as Vatileaks 2, took a sensational turn this (...)

Writers Gianluigi Nuzzi (right) and Emiliano Fittipaldi. Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Luca Bruno, file

For the second time in three years, the Holy See this morning sees the opening of a Vatican City trial investigating the internal theft of confidentia(...)

Journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, who have been indicted in the latest Vatican scandal involving leaked documents. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/Luca Brun/AP Photo

The Vatican on Saturday ordered five people, including two Italian journalists, to stand trial for leaking and publishing secret documents, in the lat(...)

Avarizia (Greed) and Via Crucis (Stations of the Resurrection),  by Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi respectively,  both reproduce confidential financial documents allegedly stolen from the Vatican.  Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

Two investigative journalists behind controversial books about the Vatican are under investigation by the Vatican City state judiciary on charges rela(...)

Pope Francis greets the crowd  in Florence, Italy. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has called for a Catholic church that is not cosseted, self-centred and obsessed with power and money, as he faces new challenges to his (...)

Pope Francis has pledged to continue with reforms in the Catholic Church despite what he called ‘deplorable’ leaks revealing his fury over uncontrolled spending by the Vatican.  Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis yesterday condemned the recent leak of sensitive Vatican documents as a deplorable crime but said it would not distract him from forging (...)

Avarizia and Via Crucis, new  books on the Vatican by Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, on display  in a bookshop in Naples. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

“And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.” It may just have been a coincidence but,(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin: The sins of bearing false witness, defamation, detraction and calumny are no less grave just because they are committed behind the anonymity of a computer screen. Photograph: PA

Social media is being turned into a harsh and dehumanising place for some, Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said. It was particularly rep(...)

Cardinal Desmond Connell leaving the press conference following the 2002 egm at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Photograph: Eric Luke

One of the most fraught confrontations between senior Catholic Church figures and the Irish media took place on April 8th, 2002. It was at a press con(...)