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(...)

Pope Francis: praying for change. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

Cardinal George Pell was in jocular form during the first week of the current synod of bishops in Rome. Prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the E(...)

Archbishop Gaenswein, known to the media as ‘Gorgeous George’ because of his good looks, talked about the synod,  homosexuality, clerical sex abuse and  Benedict’s health in an interview with Chi magazine. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, the private secretary to Pope Emeritus Benedict, has suggested that the current Vatican synod on the family should offer s(...)

‘It is important to remember senior religious who have given and continue to give tremendous service to the poor and needy, such as Pope Francis, Venerable Nano Nagle, Venerable Catherine McAuley, Br Kevin Crowley and Sr Stanislaus Kennedy (above). Photograph: Cyril Byrne

He looked astonished at an elderly religious sister nurse dressing the gaping wounds of a poor leprosy patient. “I wouldn’t do that for all the(...)

 Cardinal Leopoldo Jose Brenes Solorzano of Nicaragua greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI  after receiving his scarlet silk biretta to be elevated to cardinal by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica on Saturday.  Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI yesterday took the unusual step of attempting to lay to rest spec(...)

Pope Benedict XVI waves from a balcony of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican after being elected by the conclave of cardinals in April 2005. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

A year after his shock resignation, Pope Emeritus Benedict has no regrets and believes history will vindicate his tumultuous and much-criticised papac(...)

Chatting to the press posse on the return flight from Brazil, Pope Francis got the formal informality down perfectly. Photograph: Reuters

Pope Francis’s recent aerial press conference certainly tricked with the iconography of contemporary power. He may still have been wearing his cream m(...)

Pope Francis on his way to the island of Lampedusa this week. His publication in his name of the work of his predecessor reminds us that it is the witness of others that enables us to know anything. Photograph: Getty Images

If the present age of Christianity were to be given a patron saint, then there is really only one contender: Doubting Thomas. Nobody speaks for us as (...)

The Pope led a mass today for candidates for sainthood Antonio Primaldo, Mother Laura Montoya and Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Pope Francis has proclaimed as saints some 800 Italians killed in the 15th century for refusing to convert to Islam, and said many Christians (...)