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(...)

Demonstrators at a rally for Al-Quds Day, an event intended to express solidarity with the Palestinian people,  in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

They faced off across the Kurfürstendamm yesterday afternoon. Separated by 1,000 police in riot gear, around 1,200 pro-Palestine and 700 pro-Israel(...)

Pope Francis has named eight people, including Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins, to a  group to help the Catholic Church fight the clerical sexual abuse of minors.  Photograph: Reuters

In appointing four women, five lay people and three anglophones to the Vatican’s new Pontifical Council For The Protection Of Minors yesterday (...)

Pope Francis has indicated he could consider exceptions to a church law that bars remarried Catholics from the sacraments because Rome considers marriage to be inviolable. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The Vatican warned bishops yesterday not to reform faster than Pope Francis, after a German diocese said that some divorced and remarried Catholics w(...)

Pope Francis leads a Mass in St Paul's basilica in Rome yesterday. On Saturday the pope appointed a group of eight 
from all around
to help him govern the Catholic Church. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

Just one month into his pontificate, Pope Francis on Saturday gave the first tangible indication of forthcoming radical change by appointing a (...)