Supporters of same-sex civil union kiss holding alarm clocks “to wake up Italy” on Saturday near the Pantheon in central Rome. An estimated one million people took to the streets of Italy, to signal their support for civil union legislation. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Just one week before a civil union Bill intended to legalise unmarried heterosexual and homosexual unions comes before the Italian Senate, Pope Franci(...)

Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni at the launch of Pope Francis’s book, ‘The Name of God is Mercy’, at the Vatican  on Tuesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ EPA

“You have to hand it to Pope Francis. Only he could have brought together a cardinal secretary of state, a prison inmate and a Tuscan comic to present(...)

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 (...)

Kentucky’s Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Photograph: Reuters

On the eve of the Synod on the Family, where questions of same-sex marriage will arise, a high-profile cardinal has said that “homosexual unions” are (...)

A woman prays in La Merced church in Havana, Cuba, on Thursday. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

The Vatican said on Thursday it hoped Pope Francis’s trip to Cuba would help bring an end to a 53-year-old US embargo and lead to more freedom and hum(...)

Archbishop Charles Brown: ‘We need to avoid the caricature that the only thing the Catholic Church has to speak about is abortion, gay marriage and contraception.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The shortage of priests in Ireland is a huge problem and the “crisis in numbers . . . will, in the short term, not get better”, papal nuncio to Irela(...)

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin gave the only formal comment on the result of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum calling it a “defeat for humanity”. File photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

The “Yes” result of Ireland’s same-sex marriage referendum does not cut a lot of ice in the Holy See. That much was clear at a news conference on Tue(...)

 Archbishop Eamon Martin. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has said the Catholic Church felt a sense of “bereavement” following the result of the same-sex marriage refe(...)

When the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, called the result of last weekend’s referendum a “defeat for humanity”, were we looking (...)

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin called the result of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage a “disaster for humanity”. Photograph: Getty

On the morning after Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, called the result of last weekend’s referendum a “disaster for humanity”, th(...)