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(...)

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 (...)

The Holy See today issued a “revised” English version of the synod’s controversial ‘relatio’ discussion document backtracking on the welcoming languag(...)

‘The Church’s teachings on many aspects of morality are being widely ignored. This does not mean that they are considered wrong but that they do not seem to make sense in the modern world.’ above, Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in St Peter’s square on Sunday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Two forthcoming events will be the first real tests of what Pope Francis proposes to do in order to renew and reform the Catholic Church. The first of(...)

A file photograph of Josef Wesolowski, former papal nuncio in the Dominican Republic, who is facing paedophile charges. Photograph: Erika Santelices/ AFP/Getty Images.

The Holy See has said the controversial former papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Polish Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, is now under investigation (...)

A woman holds a T-shirts bearing an image of Pope Francis and the word ‘Welcome’ a shop in Shkoder in Albania. Photograph: EPA/STR

Against the background of reported threats from Islamic fundamentalists, Pope Francis tomorrow makes a highly signficant day trip when he travels t(...)

Report claimed Pope Francis had become a target of the Islamic State, within the context of its war on the west. Photograph: AP/Tony Gentile

The Vatican has played down renewed reports of a death threat against Pope Francis by Islamic State (IS) militants. On the eve of the pope’s one-day t(...)

 Dr Eamon Martin who succeeds Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Primate of All Ireland, pictured at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Archbishop Eamon Martin, the new Primate of the Catholic Church, is seen as something of a relative “unknown” in the Holy See. Furthermore, he is see(...)

The  car, trapped underneath a truck, in which three relatives of Pope Francis were killed near James Craik in Argentina’s Cordoba province yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/DyN-Noticraik.com 1:14

Pope Francis has asked people to pray with him for relatives of his who were killed and injured yesterday in a car crash in Argentina. Vatican spok(...)

Pope Francis at the celebration of a Mass on the occasion of the closing of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi-myeon, South Korea, yesterday. The pontiff led the beatification ceremony of 124 Korean martyrs. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA.

In words that will resonate in several Asian countries, including China, North Korea and Vietnam, Pope Francis yesterday reached out to communist nat(...)