Pope Francis leads prayers in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

In a highly unusual move, senior Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, intervened yesterday to deny comments allegedly made by Pope Francis to R(...)

Dutch cardinal Adrianus Simonis (centre) blesses the coffin of former Dutch bishop Jo Gijsen prior to a pontifical mass in the St Christoffel cathedral of Roermond, southern Netherlands, in June 2013. Photograph: Marcel van Hoorn/AFP/Getty Images

It was probably the worst-kept secret behind the closed doors of the Dutch Catholic Church: that the late Johannes Gijsen, the conservative bis(...)

Former Vatican chief prosecutor of clerical sexual abuse Charles Scicluna is to visit Scotlant next week to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

Bishop Charles Scicluna is being sent by Pope Francis to Scotland’s archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh next week to investigate allegations of(...)

Posed by a model. Photograph: Ten03/ISPC/Getty

He asks to be described as a religious-order priest comfortable with his sexuality. He is gay. It is “one aspect of his life”. He doesn’t like the ter(...)

Former president Mary McAleese has said “a very large number” of Catholic priests are homosexuals

Former president Mary McAleese, who has urged a Scottish cardinal forced to stand down last year to admit publicly that he is gay, has said “a very la(...)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien: it emerged in August that he had blocked efforts to carry out an examination of records held from 1952 onwards of abuse and allegations of abuse. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who was forced from office after admitting sexual misconduct against a number of priests, will not be allowed to return to li(...)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who resigned as head of the Catholic Church in Scotland after acknowledging sexual misconduct, will leave Scotland for months of “prayer and penance”, the Vatican said on today. Photograph : Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who resigned as head of the Catholic Church in Scotland after acknowledging sexual misconduct, will leave Scotland for (...)

Carabinieri policemen patrol around the Vatican as cardinals prepare to elect a new Pop in Vatican City. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The 90 staff who will assist at the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI are being sworn in at the the Vatican. These technical(...)