Archbishop Charles Brown, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson /Irish Times

Irish people must never be afraid to allow their faith influence and shape political choices, especially on basic human values such as the right to li(...)

Sri Lanka's Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, arrives to lead Mass at the San Lorenzo In Lucino church in Rome today. With the vast majority of Catholics now living outside Europe, there is growing pressure for a pontiff from another part of the world. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

Roman Catholic cardinals prayed today for spiritual guidance ahead of a closed-door conclave to choose a new pope to lead the church at one of (...)