Pope Francis meets refugees at the Moria refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP

Pope Francis returned from a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, taking 12 Syrian refugees with him as a “gesture of welcome” amidst wha(...)

In praise of the family

In embracing not the “ideal family” but the complexity of family life and its multiple often “imperfect” manifestations, Pope Francis has sought to re(...)

Donald Trump has accused Mexico of sending rapists and drug-runners across the United States’ southern border and has vowed if elected president to build a wall to keep out immigrants who enter illegally. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Pope Francis forcefully injected himself into the US presidential campaign on Thursday, assailing Republican candidate Donald Trump’s views on US immi(...)

The late DUP leader  Ian Paisley: said he had urged SDLP leader John Hume to start talking with other political leaders. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The late Democratic Unionist Party leader Rev Ian Paisley was rebuked by Northern Ireland secretary of state Douglas Hurd in 1984 after Dr Paisley ha(...)

Pope Francis kisses a baby Jesus statue as he leads the midnight Christmas Mass in Saint Peters Basilica at the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Pope Francis addressed the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in his homily on Christmas Eve, urging those “intoxicated” by possessions and superfici(...)

Pope Francis was greeted by about 80,000 people as he drove through sprawling Central Park on Friday. Photograph: Richard Drew/Reuters

Pope Francis, a day after addressing the United Nations in New York, travels on Saturday to Philadelphia, the birthplace of US independence, to promot(...)

Welfare cuts contained in the new budget of British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne (above, holding budget case), which will reduce payments to large families, will disproportionately hit poor  Catholics, a British Labour MP has claimed. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne’s multi-billion welfare cuts, which will reduce payments made to large families, will disproportion(...)

An image of Oscar Romero looks down on his beatification ceremony  in San Salvador. More than 250,000 people gathered in the capital for the occasion.  Photograph: Rodrigo Sura/EPA

Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified on Saturday, the final step before sainthood, 35 years after he was shot at the altar by a right-wing(...)

Pope Francis gives his speech in the Synod hall on the occasion of the closing ceremony of the IV Scholas Occurrentes World Educational Congress, Thursday February 5th. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP

Pope Francis says it is OK to smack your children to discipline them — as long as their dignity is maintained.Francis made the remarks this week durin(...)

 Ian Paisley preaches to the 12,000 strong congregation at the King’s Hall in Belfast on the 40th anniversary of the free Presbyterian Church. Photograph: Pacemaker

A gifted preacher with a coruscating turn of phrase, Ian Paisley was a compelling religious leader, whose energy, deep faith and passionately-expresse(...)