Artist Simon Kizito tries to sell his painting of Pope Francis in Nairobi’s Kangemi slum. Photograph: Nichole Sobecki/Getty

Against a post-Paris backdrop of security concerns, Pope Francis this morning sets out on a five-day visit to Africa, travelling to Kenya, Uganda and (...)

“We need a political breakthrough in Paris to begin addressing this injustice.” A model from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) with a world map painted on her body poses in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in the run up to COP21

Pope Francis has focused much attention on issues that are universal to us all and has sought to inspire and offer leadership. What he has said has re(...)

Writers Gianluigi Nuzzi (right) and Emiliano Fittipaldi. Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Luca Bruno, file

For the second time in three years, the Holy See this morning sees the opening of a Vatican City trial investigating the internal theft of confidentia(...)

Journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, who have been indicted in the latest Vatican scandal involving leaked documents. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/Luca Brun/AP Photo

The Vatican on Saturday ordered five people, including two Italian journalists, to stand trial for leaking and publishing secret documents, in the lat(...)

Former president Mary McAleese has criticised the Catholic church’s view on corporal punishment. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The Catholic church’s support for the corporal punishment of children has been raised with Pope Francis by former president Mary McAleese, according t(...)

Avarizia (Greed) and Via Crucis (Stations of the Resurrection),  by Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi respectively,  both reproduce confidential financial documents allegedly stolen from the Vatican.  Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

Two investigative journalists behind controversial books about the Vatican are under investigation by the Vatican City state judiciary on charges rela(...)

Pope Francis greets the crowd  in Florence, Italy. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has called for a Catholic church that is not cosseted, self-centred and obsessed with power and money, as he faces new challenges to his (...)

Pope Francis has pledged to continue with reforms in the Catholic Church despite what he called ‘deplorable’ leaks revealing his fury over uncontrolled spending by the Vatican.  Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis yesterday condemned the recent leak of sensitive Vatican documents as a deplorable crime but said it would not distract him from forging (...)

Avarizia and Via Crucis, new  books on the Vatican by Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, on display  in a bookshop in Naples. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

“And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.” It may just have been a coincidence but,(...)

  Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin. A new interview with the Archbishop is to be broadcast on Irish TV. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 2:11

All priests are called to be celibate whether their orientation is heterosexual or homosexual, Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has stated. Th(...)