‘There is an opportunity for us here in Ireland to initiate a digital missionary movement.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Many people say that it was a four-minute speech which led to the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as pope. In his pre-conclave speech to the othe(...)

When Fr Jorge Bergoglio was managing a Jesuit seminary in Buenos Aires, the bishop asked Fr Bergoglio to be the parish priest of a completely new pari(...)

Pope Francis waves at the end of a canonisation Mass in Saint Peter’s Square last month. The pontiff “will undoubtedly continue to woo the masses as he dives into the adoring crowds”. Photograph: Reuters

On June 21st, Pope Francis sailed past the mark of 100 days since his election. Media interest has continued to report his daily activities and souven(...)

Pope Francis said today that clergy who were “careerists” or “social climbers” were doing serious damage to the Catholic Church, his latest ut(...)

Pope Francis delivers his first 'Urbi et Orbi' blessing from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica during Easter Mass in Vatican City, Vatican. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Pope Francis used his first Easter Sunday address to call for peace in the world and appealed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis on the Ko(...)

When Belfast man Kieran Rooney heard on the radio that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio had been elected Pope, he assumed it was a joke. It was only wh(...)

Argentine president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner speaks to Pope Francis after his inauguration at the Vatican. She once likened his attitude to that of the Inquisition. Photograph: Reuters

TOM HENNIGAN In São Paulo In the context of Argentina ’s no-holds-barred domestic politics, the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio t(...)

Almost 40 percent of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America, but Rome’s old monopoly over the region has been broken. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters.

As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio got to know the challenges his church confronts in Latin America, home to the world’s g(...)

Keychains featuring newly-printed images of the newly-elected Pope Francis, are displayed in a tourist shop near the Vatican in Rome. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

The Vatican on today strongly denied accusations by some critics in Argentina that Pope Francis stayed silent during systematic human rights a(...)

Newly elected Pope Francis I (2nd R), Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, walks in the 5th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore during a private visit today. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Yesterday afternoon, by mistake, someone at the Italian Bishops Conference sent off a telegram of congratulations to Car(...)