Pope Francis: will receive the Charlemagne Prize at a ceremony in the Vatican on Friday. Photograph:  Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has failed to fulfil its founding promise of better economic security, conditions and opportunities for its citizens, the president(...)

Philippine presidential candidate  Rodrigo  Duterte speaks during a campaign rally in  Manila on  April 23rd. Photograph:  Ezra Acayan/Reuters

Rodrigo Duterte, the frontrunner in the Philippines presidential race, has no problem with extra-judicial killings and wants to reintroduce public exe(...)

U2 guitarist The Edge, whose real name is David Evans, poses with Irish bishop Paul Tighe before listening to US vice-president Joe Biden speak at the Vatican. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

U2 guitarist The Edge has become the first rock star to play in the Sistine Chapel, a venue he described as “the most beautiful parish hall in the wor(...)

Pope Francis addresses tens of thousands of people in  St Peter’s Square on Sunday. He said: “We should not tolerate the abuse of minors. We must protect minors and severely punish abusers.” Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis called for “severe punishment” for paedophiles on Sunday after new details emerged in Italy of the 2014 death of a six-year-old girl who (...)

Census 2016: The recent social media campaign which urged people to tick ‘No religion’, failed to understand that views on religion are not black and white.  Picture Nick Bradshaw

‘It’s complicated’ is a Facebook relationship status, denoting anything from a relationship on the rocks to one that doesn’t fit standard parameters, (...)

Rene Brulhart, president of the Vatican Financial Information Authority  argued that the increased number of suspicious case reports was a direct result of the work of his own institution. Photograph:  Andrew Medichini/AP Photo

The Holy See’s financial information authority on Thursday reported a threefold increase in reports of “suspicious activities” last year.   Pr(...)

Fr Iggy O Donovan says Swiss theologian Hans Küng is ‘hopelessly optimistic’ in perceiving a ‘new freedom’ in the Vatican. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

An appeal by dissident theologians for “accountability and transparency” within the Catholic Church’s powerful Congregation For the Doctrine of the Fa(...)

Irish Jesuit priest Fr John Sullivan.  Pope Francis has approved his beatification. Photograph: Jesuits in Ireland website

Pope Francis has approved the beatification of Irish Jesuit priest, Fr John Sullivan. Fr John Sullivan was born on Eccles Street on Dublin in 1861 a(...)

Cardinal George Pell, head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, says he hopes an audit of the Vatican finances will resume very shortly, following its suspension this week. Photograph:  Daniel Munoz/Reuters

An external audit of Vatican finances being carried out by global firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has been suspended by the Holy See. The move raises f(...)

By saying to the refugees he met in Lesbos “you are not alone”, and by describing their Greek hosts as “guardians of humanity”, Pope Francis has eloqu(...)