The Vatican’s UN Ambassador Archbishop  Silvano Tomasi has said the use of force will be necessary to protect minority groups from Islamic State aggression if a political solution cannot be achieved. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA.

The Vatican’s UN ambassador has said the use of force will be necessary to protect minority groups from Islamic State aggression if a political solut(...)

Pope Francis during a visit to a refugee camp this week in Rome. Photograph:  Osservatore Romano/AFP/Getty Images

The Holy See’s Commission for the Protection of Minors officially acknowledged yesterday that one of the first issues it intends to address is “bish(...)

Former Vatican nuncio Josef Wesolowski who has been at the centre of a church scandal for almost a year. Photograph: Erika Santelices/AFP/Getty Images

The Holy See confirmed yesterday that former Vatican nuncio Josef Wesolowski has been “defrocked” following a canonical court hearing in Rome in whic(...)

The committee was concerned about the [Vatican] response to the continued refusal by the four religious orders that ran the Magdalene laundries to contribute to a redress fund. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

A group representing survivors of clerical sex abuse has welcomed a UN report criticising the four religious orders behind the Magdalene laundries fo(...)

Pope Francis meeting UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon  earlier this month. The UN’s torture watchdog today criticised the Vatican’s handling of reported sexual abuse by priests, and said  any priest suspected of committing sexual abuse  should be immediately suspended pending investigation. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/EPA

The United Nations torture watchdog called on the Vatican today to cooperate with civil authorities in prosecuting all cases of suspected sexual abuse(...)

Archbishop Silvano  Tomasi: Accused the Government of “mishandling” money paid  to Magdalene laundries victims. Photograph: EPA/Salvatore Di Nolfi

In what may have been a moment of confusion, the Vatican’s permanent representative at the UN in Geneva yesterday accused the Government of “mishandli(...)

 Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, (R), Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See  to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva, and Vincenzo Buonomo, (L), of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See   prior to the UN torture committee hearing on the Vatican, at the headquarters of the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights  in the Palais Wilson, in Geneva, Switzerland. Photograph:  Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

As expected, a Holy See delegation faced tough questioning at the UN’s Committee Against Torture in Geneva yesterday. For the second time in three mon(...)

Clerical sex abuse activist  Marie Collins, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, and Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi  at the Vatican on Saturday following the commission’s first meeting. Photograph: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

For the second time in the past five months, the Holy See will this morning find itself “in the dock” at the United Nations in Geneva when it is du(...)

The Vatican’s UN Ambassador Monsignor Silvano Tomasi and former Vatican chief prosecutor of clerical sexual abuse Charles Scicluna,  in Geneva last month.  Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

There is little doubt but that the “negative” tone of yesterday’s UN report took the Holy See by surprise. Three weeks ago, when the Vatican made its (...)

Vatican’s UN Ambassador Monsignor Silvano Tomasi (L), speaks with Former Vatican Chief Prosecutor of Clerical Sexual Abuse Charles Scicluna (R), prior to the start of a questioning over clerical sexual abuse of children at the headquarters of the UN’s office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Vatican’s UN Ambassador Monsignor Silvano Tomasi (L), speaks with Former Vatican Chief Prosecutor of Clerical Sexual Abuse Charles Scicluna.

The Holy See appeared to emerge with a clean bill of health from a hearing of the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child in Geneva yesterday. The 5½(...)