Former Polish Archbishop Josef Wesolowski goes on trial in the Vatican on child sex abuse charges. Photograph:  Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty

Even though this has been a monumental week in the pontificate of Pope Francis, marked by his “homecoming” visit to hispanic South America, another eq(...)

Former archbishop and papal ambassador Jozef Wesolowski. Wesolowski is to stand trial in the Vatican on  criminal charges of paying for sex with minors and possessing child pornography, in the first such hearing in the city-state. File photograph: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images

Jozef Wesolowski, a former archbishop and papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic, will stand trial on criminal charges of paying for sex with mino(...)

Several of Ireland’s Catholic bishops may be subject to investigation by the new Vatican tribunal announced this week by Pope Francis (above). The tribunal will hold bishops to account where it is claimed they failed to protect children from sexual abuse by priests. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

At least 12 of Ireland’s Catholic bishops may be subject to investigation by the new Vatican tribunal announced this week by Pope Francis. The tribun(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said: “It’s very clear that if this referendum is an affirmation of the views of young people, then the church has a huge task in front of it to find the language to be able to talk to and to get its message across to young people, not just on this issue, but in general.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic Church needs “a reality check” in the wake of the same-sex marriage referendum and needs to ask if it has drifted away from young people,(...)

Pope Francis had a busy week at the  Vatican, from meeting Cuban president Raúl Castro to grappling with the Israeli-Palestinian question. Photograph: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

As he came out of the Paul VIth hall and made his way back to his quarters in the Domus Santa Marta, Pope Francis appeared to be engaged in serious co(...)

Pope Francis’s September visit to Cuba will precede his journey to Washington, New York and Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Getty Images

Cuba’s foreign minister has welcomed the Vatican announcement that Pope Francis is to visit the country en route to the US in September. Vatican spoke(...)

Rose on a tomb

Our first baby was born on July 21st, 1970 in Dublin and died three days later. I had asked for baby Antonia to be baptised. The hospital performed th(...)

Pope Francis during a visit to a refugee camp this week in Rome. Photograph:  Osservatore Romano/AFP/Getty Images

The Holy See’s Commission for the Protection of Minors officially acknowledged yesterday that one of the first issues it intends to address is “bish(...)

Residents in Beirut’s southern suburbs yesterday carry banners protesting against   Charlie Hebdo, which featured a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad as the cover of its first edition since the attack by Islamist gunmen. The text on the banner reads in Arabic: “ Insulting Prophet Mohammed, is an insult to all prophets, and to other religions”. Photograph: Reuters/ Khalil Hassan

You’ve got to feel sorry for the Berliner Zeitung, the German newspaper that last week decided to express its solidarity with the murdered journalists(...)

Numbers taking part in papal events at the Vatican have almost trebled since the election of Pope Francis in March 2013. Photograph: EPA

Numbers taking part in papal events at the Vatican have almost trebled since the election of Pope Francis in March 2013. Figures for 2014, the first f(...)