Pope Francis arrives to perform Mass  in Revolution Square, Havana. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images 0:53

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at Havana’s Revolution Plaza, telling an audience of tens of thousands of Cubans in the communist state that service was (...)

Pope Francis waves from the Popemobile after his arrival in Havana. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/EPA

Pope Francis hailed the restoration of relations between the US and Cuba as a victory for the culture of engagement and dialogue after he landed in Ha(...)

Cubans attend a Catholic service in Havana. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

In four days, Pope Francis, the first pope from Latin America, will touch down in two of the least Catholic countries in the Americas: Cuba and the Un(...)

Chinese giant shakes the world

Napoleon described China as a sleeping giant which, when roused from slumber, would shake the world. The great awakening began in the mid-1980s when D(...)

Demonstrators hold signs during a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil, during a protest in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Sunday. Nationwide street protests against Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff are keeping pressure on the government. Photograph: Patricia Monteiro/Bloomberg 1:27

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators returned to the streets in dozens of Brazilian cities on Sunday to call for the impeachment of president Dilma(...)

Michael D Higgins: “We need to confront the hegemonic ethic of individualism and insatiable consumption at the roots of our behaviour and replace it with a new thinking”. The President was speaking at  the Consciouness Summit in Paris.  Photograph: EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Two news items about climate change illustrate how public opinion is becoming more aware of the dangers in a year of major choices about how to mitiga(...)

During his visit to Ecuador, and now Bolivia, Pope Francis has made broad calls for Latin American unity, on Thursday mentioning “Patria Grande,” the historic ambition to make the continent a unified world force. Photograph: Daniel Rodrigo/Reuters

Pope Francis offered a direct apology on Thursday for the complicity of the Roman Catholic Church in the oppression of Latin America during the col(...)

 A file photo  showing the Fifa logo at the Fifa headquarters in Zurich. Photograph: EPA

The US has asked Switzerland to extradite seven Fifa officials who were arrested in May as part of an investigation into alleged corruption, the Swiss(...)

A man watches a television broadcast of US president Barack Obama speaking, in Havana on Wednesday. Mr Obama said the US would increase contacts with the Cuban people and engage with the Havana government, civil society and ordinary Cubans. Photograph: Enrique de la Osa/Reuters

The United States and Cuba have agreed to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, officially restoring diplomatic relations more than a half centur(...)

 Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives in Tacloban, Philippines earlier this year. He demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”. Photograph: Wally Santana/AP. 1:30

In what has been arguably the most keenly anticipated papal encyclical of modern times, Pope Francis yesterday called on “all people...to enter int(...)