Pope Francis at the  Synod of Bishops on the Family in the Vatican City. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

It is “very possible” Pope Francis will come to Ireland for the 2018 World Meeting of Families, Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi confirmed to Th(...)

Pope Francis blesses a cross for Maribel Rivera, an employee at the Curran-Fromhold Correction Facility in Philadelphia, during his visit there on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters

There is speculation that Pope Francis may visit Ireland after he announced the next World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin in 2018. The (...)

In the letter the pope is urged to take steps to appoint more women to church leadership positions. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Leaders of 52 organisations from Europe, the United States and Asia working for reform(...)