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(...)

Protestors and family members gather to demonstrate against the scheduled execution of death row inmate Richard Glossip outside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma September 30th, 2015. Photograph: Nick Oxford/Reuters

A US man on death row in Oklahoma has been granted a last minute stay of execution, and said he was happy to have 37 more days. Governor Mary Fallin a(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin – along with  Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin –  will represent the Irish Church at the Synod of Bishops in Rome which begins next weekend. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Catholic bishops have called on all relevant authorities to ensure no more homeless people die on our streets and described the current housing cr(...)

Kentucky’s Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Photograph: Reuters

On the eve of the Synod on the Family, where questions of same-sex marriage will arise, a high-profile cardinal has said that “homosexual unions” are (...)

Kim Davis addresses the media just before the doors are opened to the Rowan County Clerk’s Office in Morehead, Kentucky, Chris Tilley/Files 1:01

Pope Francis met secretly in Washington last week with Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky who defied a court order to issue marriage licences to (...)