Pope Francis kisses a Filipino baby prior to his mass in Quirino grandstand, Manila, Philippines, on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis concluded his trip to Asia on Sunday with an open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd in Manila that the Vatican and the government said d(...)

Following his arrival in the Philippines from Sri Lanka, Pope Francis travels through Manila, where tens of thousands crowded the streets to glimpse the pontiff. Photograph: Francis Malasig/EPA 1:38

Cheering throngs greeted Pope Francis when he arrived in the deeply Catholic Philippines yesterday for the first papal visit in 20 years to a country (...)

Pope Francis arrives to attend a canonisation Mass for Joseph Vaz at Galle Face Green in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to a Buddhist temple yesterday, capping a trip to Sri Lanka where he told huge crowds that religions must unite to (...)

The family of one of the women featured in Tuesday’s Prime Time programme on Áras Attracta have called for due process to apply to the 11 people taken off duty.

The family of one of the women featured in Tuesday’s Prime Time programme on Áras Attracta, a disability centre in Co Mayo, has called for due process(...)

Pope Francis greets Helma Schmidt, (right) who was his host during his stay in Germany in 1985, and European Parliament president Martin Schulz at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/EPA

Twenty-six years after the visit of Pope John Paul II to the European Parliament in Strasbourg prompted one of Ian Paisley’s more memorable anti-Catho(...)

Pope Francis arrives to address European Parliament  in Strasbourg. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Pope Francis has called on the European Parliament to “keep democracy alive” for the people of Europe, in an address to the European Parliament in Str(...)

ROMANIA: civilians cross Bucharest on a truck waving flags where the communist symbol has been cut off
1989’s other revolutions
  • Europe
  • November 6, 2014, 06:00

At a remove of 25 years, many people remember the collapse of communism in eastern Europe starting with the fall of the Berlin Wall.But by the time th(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Pope Francis attends yesterday’s opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The prevailing mood among Catholics concerning the papacy of Pope Francis is one of uncertainty. Frequently, this is accompanied by anxiety – at the p(...)