Pastor James McConnell leaving  the magistrates court in Belfast on January 5, 2016 after being found not guilty of making ‘grossly offensive’ remarks about Islam. The judge said while he considered the remarks offensive, he did not consider them “grossly” offensive under the law.  AFP PHOTO / PAUL FAITHPAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

The bizarre trial of elderly Belfast pastor James McConnell has ended with the right verdict: not guilty. His attack on Islam – made from the platform(...)

A negative report by the Committee on the Rights of the Child  would be a blow to the Church whose leader, Pope Francis, is striving to put a number of scandals behind him since succeeding Benedict XVI. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

A United Nations human rights panel has posed a list of tough questions to the Vatican about child abuse by Catholic priests, a potential embarrassmen(...)