Francis Aquino Aneury ( 17), (far left), shines shoes along the promenade in Santo Domingo. Aneury claims he was 14 when he first accepted money for sexual favours from a man he later learned was Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski. Photograph: the ‘New York Times’

A case involving a Polish archbishop may prove to be a crucial test for the Holy See in its road to reform and change, as promised by Pope Francis. A(...)

US secretary of defence Chuck Hagel and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen Martin Dempsey, who said Islamic State would remain a danger until it could no longer count on safe havens in Syria. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Iraqi Shia militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque today, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-co(...)

The  car, trapped underneath a truck, in which three relatives of Pope Francis were killed near James Craik in Argentina’s Cordoba province yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/DyN-Noticraik.com 1:14

Pope Francis has asked people to pray with him for relatives of his who were killed and injured yesterday in a car crash in Argentina. Vatican spok(...)

Pope Francis gestures while speaking to journalists aboard the flight from South Korea to Italy on Monday. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Three relatives of Pope Francis, two great nephews and their mother, have been killed in a traffic collision in Argentina. The dead include a baby of (...)

Pope Francis attends a Mass for peace at Myeong-dong cathedral in Seoul, South Korea today. The five-day trip was the third trip abroad for the pope following Brazil and the Middle East. Photograph: Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea via Getty Images.

Pope Francis has called for peace and reconciliation on the divided Korean peninsula and sent a further message of goodwill to China, wrapping-up a f(...)

Pope Francis at the celebration of a Mass on the occasion of the closing of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi-myeon, South Korea, yesterday. The pontiff led the beatification ceremony of 124 Korean martyrs. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA.

In words that will resonate in several Asian countries, including China, North Korea and Vietnam, Pope Francis yesterday reached out to communist nat(...)

 Pope Francis  greets the crowd from the popemobile prior to a mass, in Seoul, South Koera this morning. He  is on an official visit to South Korea until  August 18th  to attend the Asia Youth Day in Daejeon. Photograph: Reuters

Pope Francis this morning celebrated a huge open-air Mass in the centre of Seoul, where he denounced the growing gap between the haves and have not(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady. Photograph: Eric Luke

The sole clerical abuse survivor on the Vatican’s new Commission for the Protection of Minors, Marie Collins, says she hopes Catholic Primate Cardina(...)

Catholic Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, has confirmed that he offered his resignation to Pope Francis last month. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Catholic Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Seán Brady, has confirmed that he offered his resignation as Archbishop of Armagh to Pope Francis last month(...)

Pope Francis attends a meeting with the bishops of Korea at the headquarters of the Korean Episcopal Conference yesterday in Seoul. Photograph: Getty Images

Pope Francis has warned Catholic Church leaders in South Korea against a lifestyle guided more by worldly criteria of success. Addressing the bishops (...)