Bernie Sanders arriving at the Vatican for a conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of ‘Centesimus Annus’, a high-level teaching document by Pope John Paul II on the economy and social justice at the end of the Cold War. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

On Friday afternoon when the time came for US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to address the Holy See’s Pontifical Academy of Social (...)

 US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders: He  is expected to attend a small, invitation-only conference at the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

If US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thought that a trip to the Vatican tomorrow would result in a campaign boosting photo opportuni(...)

‘Awakening’ on the main stage of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Photograph: Conor McCabe

RTÉ’s Centenary programme has been met with general acclaim following last night’s broadcast. The hour-and-a-half long show filmed live from the Bórd(...)

Soline Humbert: ‘When Jesus washed his disciples’ feet he took on not just a servant’s role but a female servant’s role’

On Holy Thursday in Catholic churches throughout the world the ritual of the washing of the feet will be enacted, in memory of Jesus’s example of lovi(...)

Suffragist Margaret Sandhurst was the first woman to be given the Freedom of the City, in 1889, three years before her death.

In 140 years, 80 people have been awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin. Nominated by the Lord Mayor, and approved by Dublin City Council, the awa(...)

For my foremothers, the Pope had power – the spiritual aphrodisiac which kept them in their place. But Pope John Paul II was a pin-up of a higher order. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/Reuters

The conspiracy theorists might see a Popish plot. Last week, Pope Francis went native and said contraception may be used in the prevention of the spr(...)

Pope John Paul II seems to have had a phenomenal capacity for friendship, something which our age longs for but often finds difficult

Edward Stourton, in this week’s BBC Panorama programme, The Secret Letters of Pope John Paul II, investigated a relationship between the pope and a Po(...)

Pope John Paul II in 1974.  The Panorama programme is based on more than 350 letters Pope John Paul wrote to Ms Tymieniecka between 1973, when he was archbishop of Krakow, and a few months before he died in 2005. Photograph: Rudi Frey/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

Pope John Paul II had an intense relationship with a married woman lasting more than 30 years, according to a BBC documentary that has seen hundreds o(...)

Statue of Padre Pio  in Rome: saint’s relics will go on tour at the request of Pope Francis. Photograph: Pier Paolo Cito/AP Photo

Padre Pio, the controversial Capuchin saint much followed by Irish Catholics, is about to go “on the road”. The relics of St Padre Pio will travel up(...)

 Roman  statues  at Rome’s Capitoline Museum. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Italian officials keen to spare the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, any possible offence on his visit to Rome covered up nude statues at the city’s(...)