Gerry Adams in Havana, Cuba: he said that while change in Cuba would present “many challenges, such challenges are part of revolutionary struggle,”  Photograph: Desmond Boylan/AP.

The people of Cuba have been vindicated by the recent change in US policy towards the island, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said on a visit to (...)

US house speaker John Boehner: When asked whether he would advance a debt limit Bill before resigning from Congress on October 30th, he said: “We’ll have to see. There are a number of issues that we’re going to try to deal with over the coming month.” Photograph: Jonathan Ernst

John Boehner stands smiling in front of the mirror in the bathroom of his English basement apartment on G Street on Capitol Hill. He breaks into song (...)

A car is stuck under a bridge during floods in Nice in the southeast of  France on October 3rd. Along the French Riviera, at least 17 have drowned. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

  At least 17 people drowned and four more were missing when torrential rains flooded the Côte d’Azur between Cannes and Nice overnight fr(...)

 Prelates during the opening Mass of the XVI Ordinary Meeting of the Synod of Bishops. Photograph: EPA 1:42

Pope Francis has once again warned the Church against judgment of other people, urging it to “seek out and care for hurting couples with the balm of a(...)

Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton: Like the four he chose to highlight, Francis defies easy categorisation.

There are clues to Pope Francis and what he values in the choices he made when he highlighted four Americans in his address to Congress: Abraham Linco(...)

Looking forward: Pope Francis has made it clear on at least two occasions this year that he wants results from the Synod on the Family, which begins in Rome tomorrow. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images.

Will the second Synod on the Family, which opens in Rome on Sunday, live up to its billing as a potentially key moment in the ongoing reform of the Ca(...)

Rowan County clerk Kim Davis celebrates her release from the Carter County Detention centre in Grayson, Kentucky in September. Photograph: Chris Tilley/Reuters

In a highly unusual move, the Holy See has appeared to distance itself from Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk who was briefly jailed last mo(...)

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Image of the Week: Olympic meltdown This is Rio de Janeiro’s Museu do Amanha, or the Museum of Tomorrow. The attraction of the future is under const(...)

Rev Gordon Linney  with his new book titled ‘Thinking Anew – Faith in a World of Change and Doubt’: Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said the book’s title was “an agenda for the future of all our churches today”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Pope Francis upset some American Catholics, including bishops, by things he said about the family in the United States last week, Archbishop of Dublin(...)

A woman hugs a baby wrapped in an emergency blanket as refugees and migrants arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey on October 1st, 2015. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

The Catholic bishops have called on parishes throughout the island to mobilise resources to help with the resettlement of migrants who come to Ireland(...)