“I’ve starred in a lot of science fiction movies and, let me tell you something, climate change is not science fiction, this is a battle in the real world, it is impacting us right now.” Photograph: Ken Ishii/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been chosen by the French government to join Nobel prizewinners, philosophers, UN secretary generals, spiritual leaders and (...)

Mount Vesuvius towers over the Italian city of Naples. Photograph: Getty Images

See Naples. And sigh. Formerly the glorious capital of a separate kingdom, Italy’s third-largest city – after Rome and Milan – spiralled into decline (...)

Pope Francis arrives in Banado Norte, near Asuncion, Paraguay, on Sunday. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

Pope Francis I, wrapping up his three-country tour of South America, yesterday urged people living in a flood-prone shanty town in Paraguay to stay un(...)

File photograph dated August 12th, 2011 shows then Papal Nuncio Jozef Wesolowski attending a ceremony in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Photograph: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images

There was unexpected drama in the Holy See when a former papal nuncio, defrocked Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, fell ill on the eve of Saturday m(...)

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(...)

During his visit to Ecuador, and now Bolivia, Pope Francis has made broad calls for Latin American unity, on Thursday mentioning “Patria Grande,” the historic ambition to make the continent a unified world force. Photograph: Daniel Rodrigo/Reuters

Pope Francis offered a direct apology on Thursday for the complicity of the Roman Catholic Church in the oppression of Latin America during the col(...)

Luisa Quispe, a self-described witch, holds up coca leaves, which she uses to divine the future in El Alto. Photograph: David Mercado/ Reuters.

Pope Francis drank a tea of coca leaves, chamomile flower and anise seeds on the plane to Bolivia from Ecuador to ward off altitude sickness upon a(...)

Pope Francis covers his face due winds upon his arrival to Quito, Ecuador. Photograph: Jose Jacome/EPA

Laughing as his hat flew off in the Andean highland wind, Pope Francis flew into Ecuador on Sunday to start a “homecoming” tour of South America, wher(...)

Pope Francis –   insists on the importance of recognising difference: “Learning to accept our body, to care for it and to respect its fullest meaning, is an essential element of any genuine human ecology.”  Photograph: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Last week the Green Party hosted an event discussing socially responsible and community-based business models but also emphasised that there would be (...)

A fan with a flag in the Argentine colours. The pope is not travelling  to his native Argentina during this trip. Photograph: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Pope Francis sets out tomorrow on a week-long trip to three of Latin America’s poorest countries, namely Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay. Although the(...)