Pope Francis greets  children during his visit in Nairobi, Kenya. The pontiff told a packed stadium in the city: ‘Let’s hold hands together, let’s stand up as a sign against bad tribalism.’

Pope Francis urged young Kenyans on Friday not to yield to the sweet lure of corruption, and urged them to help those tempted by “fanatical” id(...)

The nativity scene where a baby boy was left at the Church of the Holy Child Jesus, in the Queens borough of New York. Photograph: Kirsten Luce/The New York Times.

The mother of a baby who was left this week in a manger inside a Roman Catholic church in New York was found and will not face criminal prose(...)

Members of the South African Municipal Workers’ Union  protest in front of the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Pre-tax inequality in South Africa is as high as it was 20 years ago – and it is the world’s highest. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Last week I visited South Africa for the first time in 15 years. In 2000, when euphoria over the transition to democracy gripped the world’s imaginati(...)

“We need a political breakthrough in Paris to begin addressing this injustice.” A model from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) with a world map painted on her body poses in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in the run up to COP21

Pope Francis has focused much attention on issues that are universal to us all and has sought to inspire and offer leadership. What he has said(...)

Opposition presidential candidate Mauricio Macri votes during the runoff presidential election in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday. Photograph: Natacha Pisarenko/AP

Argentines voted on Sunday in a run-off election that hands the centre-right opposition, led by Mauricio Macri, its best chance in more than a decade (...)

The All Blacks enjoy a singsong in their dressingroom after winning the Rugby World Cup final 34-17 against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday. Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

World Rugby has promised to do more to further close the gap between tier-one and tier-two nations before the next Rugby World Cup (RWC) in Japan, af(...)

Guatemala’s president-elect Jimmy Morales, who has never held elected office. Photographer: Saul Martinez/Bloomberg.

Jimmy Morales, a comedian who has never held elected office, won Guatemala’s presidency on Sunday after voter fury over corruption scandals fuelled mo(...)

 Bishop  William Crean, chairman of Trócaire: Figures from the  2014 ‘Annual Report and Financial Statements’ of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference show the charity  received €29.6 million last year in donations. Photograph: Catholic Communications Office/PA Wire

Trócaire, the Irish Catholic Church’s overseas aid agency, received €29.6 million last year in donations from Irish people, or almost €5 for every pe(...)

Weekend in . . . Rio de Janeiro
  • Travel
  • October 17, 2015, 05:00

For decades, Rio de Janeiro has evoked a distant fantasyland of skimpy bathing suits and Carnival spectacle wedged between the sea and a riotous up(...)

For the rest of the year, Unilever said it expected underlying sales to come in toward the upper end of the 2 to 4 per cent range

Consumer goods maker Unilever reported better than expected third-quarter sales on Thursday, but said sluggish markets globally continued to weigh on (...)