Dublin diocesan priest Monsignor Paul Tighe (57) has been appointed a bishop and secretary of the Vatican’s Council for Culture by Pope Francis.

Dublin diocesan priest Monsignor Paul Tighe (57) has been appointed a bishop and secretary of the Vatican’s Council for Culture by Pope Francis. It (...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin attends a news conference at the end of a morning session of the synod on the family at the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Eamon Martin, has said there has been a “sense of convergence” at the ongoing Synod of Bishops on the Family in the Vatic(...)

Newspaper group claims that a small dark spot on Francis’ brain was identified during a check-up seven months ago. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Vatican has strongly denied Italian media reports that Pope Francis is suffering from a brain tumour. Senior Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lo(...)

South African cardinal Wilfred Napier, said a paper calling for greater inclusivity towards homosexuals had been published at last year’s synod without prior knowledge of many. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Senior conservative cardinals have complained that efforts are being made at the Synod of Bishops in Rome to guarantee liberal-sounding “pre-cooked” p(...)

Peter Sutherland: said the migration crisis was a problem “which can only be dealt with collectively, not in isolation to one another”.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

EU leaders defended their decision not to back mandatory quotas for migrants at a summit of EU leaders, pledging to agree a plan to redistribute 40(...)

Former EU Commissioner and Attorney General Peter Sutherland has called on Ireland to waive its exemption from Thursday’s night’s European Union agreement on the relocation of 40,000 refugees. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former EU Commissioner and Attorney General, Peter Sutherland has called on Ireland to waive its exemption from Thursday’s night’s European Union agre(...)

 La Repubblica reported yesterday that Apple Italia was listed as a “consultant” for Apple Ireland, thus enabling the US colossus to transfer its Italian earnings to Ireland. Photograph: AFP

Italian media reported yesterday that Apple Italia “transferred” €879 million of profit earned in Italy between 2008 and 2013 to Cork-based Apple Sale(...)

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One of the great privileges of my day job is that I get to Rome reasonably regularly. Were it not for our Rome correspondent, Paddy Agnew, I would be (...)

An Italian court has ordered a hospital to implant a 50-year-old woman with embryos frozen 19 years ago that were fertilised by her late husband. File photograph: Zephyr/SPL/Getty

In what is sure to prove a controversial ruling, a court in Bologna in Italy today ordered a local hospital to implant a 50-year-old woman with embryo(...)

Sex abuse survivor Marie Collins has admitted to feeling frustrated by the slow pace set by the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, of which she is a member. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

Sex abuse survivor Marie Collins has admitted to feeling frustrated by the slow pace set by the Holy See’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of(...)