Pope Francis: Will reflect on much of what his bishops’ have had to say. Photograph: Getty Images

Friday is the day which many feel will define the papacy of Pope Francis. What he announces in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of(...)

Lay consultant Francesca Chaouqui and Spanish monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda: pair are among the five on trial. Photograph:  Umberto Pizzi/AFP/Getty Images

The potentially embarrassing, so-called Vatileaks 2 trial is scheduled to reconvene in the Vatican on Saturday morning. This is the Vatican City sta(...)

Vatican commission for the protection of minors member Marie Collins has criticised the Holy See administration for some frustrating decisions. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Vatican’s commission for the protection of minors has issued a strongly worded statement emphasising that there is a “moral and ethical responsibi(...)

Marie Collins: “I’m personally frustrated with the lack of co-operation from the curia and the fact it can be so detrimental to the work of the commission and the protection of children in the future.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The only abuse survivor on the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors has strongly criticised the Roman Curia for frustrating the commissi(...)

Marie Collins: “The fact that criminal child abusers were being protected by their superiors needed to be known if it was to be stopped.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Marie Collins is tired, not surprisingly. Dealing with the grinding, mechanical mindset she has encountered again and again at senior levels in the C(...)

Writers Gianluigi Nuzzi (right) and Emiliano Fittipaldi. Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Luca Bruno, file

For the second time in three years, the Holy See this morning sees the opening of a Vatican City trial investigating the internal theft of confidentia(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh (right) and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin pictured earlier this month at the Columba Centre, Maynooth.  For Holy Thursday Chrism Masses they respectively discussed the difficulty of being Christian, and the Pope Francis’s unpopularity. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin has spoken about the unpopularity of being Christian in today’s world while Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid(...)

Of the 15 elector (under 80 years of age) cardinals named by Pope Francis, 10 hail from Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America

The new cardinals nominated by Pope Francis yet again reflect one of the major thrusts of his pontificate – that of a move out to the periphery of (...)

‘The Church’s teachings on many aspects of morality are being widely ignored. This does not mean that they are considered wrong but that they do not seem to make sense in the modern world.’ above, Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in St Peter’s square on Sunday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Two forthcoming events will be the first real tests of what Pope Francis proposes to do in order to renew and reform the Catholic Church. The first of(...)

Pope Francis uses a tablet to send a tweet with members of Scholas Occurentes Argentina at the Vatican today, the first anniversary of his inauguration. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters.

Pope Francis “is a man who accepted the will of the Lord to become successor of St Peter when it was put to him, without any questioning or wit(...)