The selfless and often lifelong work of Irish missionaries “has been a powerful expression of the vision of the church of the poor”, says President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

JOE HUMPHREYS Governments need to move beyond “rhetorical gestures” and “modest” goals to tackle climate change and poverty, President Michael D Higg(...)

President Michael D Higgins recalled that Archbishop Romero was known in El Salvador as “the bishop walks with the people”. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

President Michael D Higgins praised the Catholic bishops’ agency Trócaire for its human rights work in El Salvador and its fight for social justice t(...)

An image of Oscar Romero looks down on his beatification ceremony  in San Salvador. More than 250,000 people gathered in the capital for the occasion.  Photograph: Rodrigo Sura/EPA

Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified on Saturday, the final step before sainthood, 35 years after he was shot at the altar by a right-wing(...)

A man closes a window in the wall next to a mural of the late Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero in Panchimalco, on the outskirts of San Salvador. Photograph: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

The beatification of Archbishop Óscar Romero on Sunday in San Salvador, capital of El Salvador, will be marked at the Festival of Peoples’ Mass in Dub(...)

Sally O’Neill (left) and Anne Enright in Honduras. Photo David Stephenson

Tributes have been paid to Sally O’Neill, Trócaire’s head of region for Latin America, who is to retire next month. Ms O’Neill has been at the heart o(...)

Pope Francis appoints new cardinal Mozambican Bishop Julio Duarte Langa during the consistory at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on February 14th. Francis has now appointed 31 new elector (under 80) cardinals  since his election in March, 2013. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

On Monday of this week, the Holy See quietly initiated a project that in many senses embodies Pope Francis’s famous call for a “church of the poor and(...)

The  car, trapped underneath a truck, in which three relatives of Pope Francis were killed near James Craik in Argentina’s Cordoba province yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/

Pope Francis has asked people to pray with him for relatives of his who were killed and injured yesterday in a car crash in Argentina. Vatican spok(...)

Pope Francis gestures while speaking to journalists aboard the flight from South Korea to Italy on Monday. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Three relatives of Pope Francis, two great nephews and their mother, have been killed in a traffic collision in Argentina. The dead include a baby of (...)

Fr Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann: wrote to Pope Francis asking to “be able to celebrate the Holy Eucharist before dying”. Photograph:  Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis faces the wrath of right-wing conservatives after reinstating a priest who joined the revolutionary, left-wing government of Nicaragua(...)

Pope Francis meets family members of victims of the Mafia at the San Gregorio VII church in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

In a symbolic move, Pope Francis yesterday met more than 900 relatives of victims of Mafia violence for a prayer (...)