The  car, trapped underneath a truck, in which three relatives of Pope Francis were killed near James Craik in Argentina’s Cordoba province yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/ 1:14

Pope Francis has asked people to pray with him for relatives of his who were killed and injured yesterday in a car crash in Argentina. Vatican spok(...)

Pope Francis at the celebration of a Mass on the occasion of the closing of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Haemi-myeon, South Korea, yesterday. The pontiff led the beatification ceremony of 124 Korean martyrs. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA.

In words that will resonate in several Asian countries, including China, North Korea and Vietnam, Pope Francis yesterday reached out to communist nat(...)

Pope Francis leads prayers in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

In a highly unusual move, senior Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, intervened yesterday to deny comments allegedly made by Pope Francis to R(...)

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi at a press conference in the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

Pope Francis yesterday met with six clerical sex abuse survivors in a historic Vatican meeting, the first of this pontificate and one marked by the A(...)

Pope Francis waves to thousands of pilgrims gathered below in St Peter’s Square as he delivers the Sunday Angelus from the window of his study in the Vatican City, on Sunday. Photograph: EPA/CLAUDIO PERI

Pope Francis this morning “humbly” asked six clerical sex abuse victims for forgiveness for the “grave crimes of clerical sex abuse” committed against(...)

The pope is to visit Molise today at the end of a week which began with an audience with newly crowned Spanish king, Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, and which was dominated by meetings with his so-called “G8” Council of Cardinals, the men who have been called to his side to help with church reforms.  Photograph: AP

Despite concerns that he is driving himself too hard, Pope Francis will be back on the road today for a one-day visit to the southern Italian region o(...)

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said news of the captives’ release “fills us with joy”. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun kidnapped in northern Cameroon in early April by suspected Boko Haram gunmen have been released, Cameroon’s com(...)

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(...)

Marie Collins spoke in Rome after the first meetings of the church’s new child protection body. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Clerical sex abuse campaigner Marie Collins today said that she had a “positive” feeling about the Holy See’s new child protection body, the Pontifica(...)

Pope Francis has named eight people, including Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins, to a  group to help the Catholic Church fight the clerical sexual abuse of minors.  Photograph: Reuters

In appointing four women, five lay people and three anglophones to the Vatican’s new Pontifical Council For The Protection Of Minors yesterday (...)