Pope Francis talks during an audience for Christmas greetings to the Curia in the Clementina hall at the Vatican December 22nd, 2014. Photograph: Reuters/Andreas Solaro/Pool

Pope Francis has issued a blistering critique of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live(...)

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 (...)

The UN watchdog for children’s rights said the Holy See should hand over its archives on sexual abuse so that culprits, as well as “those who concealed their crimes”, could be held accountable.  Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The Holy See’s handling of the clerical sex abuse crisis that has rocked the Catholic Church for much of the last 20 years has come in for unprecedent(...)

Vatican secretary of state Msgr Pietro Parolin is credited with having skilfully handled complex issues such as nuclear disarmament as well as Holy See dialogue with China, North Korea and Iran. Photograph: Reuters/Kham

Pope Francis has given a strong indication of the direction of his pontificate when making arguably his most important appointment to date, naming ex(...)