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 (...)

Pope Francis and other senior Christian and Muslim clerics have urged members of the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East to stay on in the region despite conflict and discrimination. Photograph: Reuters/Osservatore Romano

Ahead of Christmas, senior Christian and Muslim clerics have urged members of the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East, the cradle of t(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said there should be a moral obligation for transparency as well as a legal one.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has strongly supported calls for transparency in the charity sector. “National governments rightly p(...)

The threat of long-term unemployment and inactivity is exposing young people in Europe to poverty, material deprivation and the possibility of “wage scarring’’ throughout their lives.

A study by Social Justice Ireland says nearly a quarter of economically active young people in Europe are unemplo(...)

A Valentine’s Day display in a Tokyo shop. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Love is a word much bandied about, and not just on St Valentine’s Day. But what is love, and can it be explained without resorting to cliche or(...)

A file photo of the ensemble of the bishop’s residence in Limburg  earlier this month. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Pope Francis has suspended an embattled German bishop from his diocese, where he is under fire after spending €31 million on a new residence.After a 2(...)

The Bishop of Limburg’s residence, with his private chapel (second right). Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Pope Francis had clear words at morning Mass on Monday. Hours before he met Germany’s so-called bling bishop to ask him about his €31 million new r(...)