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(...)

Black smoke rises from the chimney on the Sistine Chapel this morning. Photograph: Reuters

Black smoke rose from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel today, signalling Catholic cardinals had not agreed on a pope to succeed Benedict on their(...)

Sri Lanka's Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, arrives to lead Mass at the San Lorenzo In Lucino church in Rome today. With the vast majority of Catholics now living outside Europe, there is growing pressure for a pontiff from another part of the world. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

Roman Catholic cardinals prayed today for spiritual guidance ahead of a closed-door conclave to choose a new pope to lead the church at one of (...)

Members of the fire and rescue service set a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Vatican workers hoisted a chimney onto the roof of the Sistine Chapel on Saturday in readiness for the conclave of Catholic cardinals that will(...)