A boat transporting migrants arrives in the Italian port of Messina after the rescue operation on Saturday: the milder weather has seen more than 12,000 people landing on Italy’s southern coasts in the last 10 days. Photograph: Giovanni Isolino/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

As Italy last night absorbed the impact of yet another horrendous mass drowning of boat people, a grim thought crossed many minds. With perhaps as man(...)

The Turin shroud, which has gone on display for the first time in five years. Some  Christians believe the  14ft sheet is the burial cloth in which the crucified body of Christ was lain. Photograph: Giorgio Perottino/Reuters

More than one million people from across the world are expected to head for Turin in the coming weeks for their chance to catch a glimpse of one of C(...)

The meeting of Catholic Priests’ Associations and Reform Groups called on bishops in their respective countries to “courageously and publicly” support the vision and programme of Pope Francis for the church. Photograph: EPA

An international gathering of Catholic Church reform movements has called on bishops to be more pro-active in support of Pope Francis and changes he i(...)

Members of the European Parliament observe a minute of silence as they commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, at the EU Parliament in Brussels April 15th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

The European Parliament backed a motion yesterday calling the massacre a century ago of up to 1.5 million Armenians a genocide, days after Pope Franci(...)

Antonio Maria Rouco, former archbishop of Madrid:  living in a luxury €1.7m apartment in central Madrid, paid for by the Catholic Church. Photograph:   Quim Llenas/Cover/Getty Images

When Antonio María Rouco ended his long tenure as archbishop of Madrid last summer, it was widely assumed that for the first time in decades, he would(...)

A meeting between a working group of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors and its chairman Cardinal Seán O’Malley, about the controversial appointment of a Chilean bishop, went “very well”, Dublin survivor Marie Collins has said. Photograph: Reuters

An unscheduled meeting on Sunday between a working group of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors and its chairman Cardinal Seán O’Mal(...)

Pope Francis and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara last November. Diplomatic sources said the statement contradicted the message of peace and friendship the pontiff delivered during his three-day visit. Photograph: EPA/STR

Pope Francis yesterday sparked anger in Turkey when he called the first World War massacre of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire, “the first(...)

Pope Francis leads a mass for Armenian Catholics marking 100 years since the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire. Photograph: AFP

Pope Francis has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians as “the first genocide of the 20th century”, w(...)

France’s President Francois Hollande (left)  with French diplomat Laurent Stefanini. File photograph: Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images

Paris will not withdraw the nomination of career diplomat Laurent Stefanini as ambassador to the Holy See, sources at the Élysée Palace and the foreig(...)

Fr Tony Flannery: will host the Catholic Church reform event. He has been forbidden by the Vatican to exercise his ministry as a priest following articles he wrote for the Redemptorists’ Reality magazine. Photograph: Alan Betson

A major international conference of Catholic Church reform movements will take place in Limerick next week. The International Network of Church Refor(...)