The Holy See today issued a “revised” English version of the synod’s controversial ‘relatio’ discussion document backtracking on the welcoming languag(...)

Pope Francis exchanges his skullcap with a member of the faithful during his weekly public audience in St Peter’s Square in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Could Pope Francis be in line for a Nobel Peace Prize? Eighteen months into what already looks like a momentous pontificate, there has been specula(...)

Anti-immigration: graffiti on a street in Catania. Photograph: Frank Miller

‘Caccia all’immigrato,” or hunt the migrant. For 10 days this month the working-class Rome suburb of Corcolle has been the theatre of familiar tension(...)


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Photographs of Albanian priests killed during the former Communist regime hang in the main boulevard of Tirana, Albania, yesterday, ahead of a one-day visit to Albania by  Pope Francis tomorrow. Photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

Sitting at the fashionable Taiwan Bar in front of his three mobile phones and his iPod, 16-year-old Toni looks like a lot of his contemporaries in the(...)

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo at a press conference in Maranello, Modena, Italy, today. Montezemolo said he was resigning after 23 years at the helm, in a move that had widely been expected after his record was questioned by parent company Fiat-Chrysler. Photograph: EPA

At first glance, the resignation today of Ferrari chief executive Luca De Montezemolo, has a football-style, manager sacking look about it. You have b(...)

Pope Francis waves goodbye from the top of the steps of an Israeli El Al airlines flight as he finishes his Holy Land visit and returns to Rome and the Vatican. Photograph: Kobi Gideon/EPA/Government Press Office

Three Catholic bishops are currently under investigation over allegations of child abuse and one has already been convicted, Pope Francis has said.Spe(...)

Rome in recent days has been dominated by those who recall the late pontiffs.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As Rome prepares for the impact of an estimated million-strong crowd at tomorrow’s canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, yesterday was(...)

Pope Francis this week rang an Argentine woman, married to a divorcee in a civil ceremony, to tell her she would be “doing nothing wrong” if she were to receive Communion. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

According to Italian and Argentine media reports, Pope Francis this week rang an Argentine wo(...)

Italy’s culture minister Dario Franceschini with two recovered paintings, by Paul Gauguin (work on left) and Pierre Bonnard, at a news conference in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Giovanni Nicolo has every reason to believe that 40 years ago he landed the bargain of a lifetime at a lost property auction in Turin’s Porta N(...)

A building on Sean McDermott St in Dublin which is reported to have been used as a Magdalene laundry. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Claims made by the Vatican in a submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) last December were so inaccu(...)