Pope Francis greets  children during his visit in Nairobi, Kenya. The pontiff told a packed stadium in the city: ‘Let’s hold hands together, let’s stand up as a sign against bad tribalism.’

Pope Francis urged young Kenyans on Friday not to yield to the sweet lure of corruption, and urged them to help those tempted by “fanatical” id(...)

Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi and PR consultant Francesca Chaouqui   during the Vatileaks 2 trial in the Vatican. Photograph: EPA/L’Osservatore Romano

The ongoing Vatican City trial into the theft of confidential Holy See documents, popularly known as Vatileaks 2, took a sensational turn this (...)

Pope Francis arrives at the University of Nairobi for a public mass during his five-day visit to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic (CAR). Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis said on Thursday in Kenya that dialogue between religions in Africa was essential to teach young people that violence in God’s name wa(...)

Artist Simon Kizito tries to sell his painting of Pope Francis in Nairobi’s Kangemi slum. Photograph: Nichole Sobecki/Getty

Against a post-Paris backdrop of security concerns, Pope Francis this morning sets out on a five-day visit to Africa, travelling to Kenya, Uganda and (...)

“We need a political breakthrough in Paris to begin addressing this injustice.” A model from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) with a world map painted on her body poses in front of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in the run up to COP21

Pope Francis has focused much attention on issues that are universal to us all and has sought to inspire and offer leadership. What he has said(...)

Writers Gianluigi Nuzzi (right) and Emiliano Fittipaldi. Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Luca Bruno, file

For the second time in three years, the Holy See this morning sees the opening of a Vatican City trial investigating the internal theft of confidentia(...)

Journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, who have been indicted in the latest Vatican scandal involving leaked documents. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/Luca Brun/AP Photo

The Vatican on Saturday ordered five people, including two Italian journalists, to stand trial for leaking and publishing secret documents, in the lat(...)

Former president Mary McAleese has criticised the Catholic church’s view on corporal punishment. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

The Catholic church’s support for the corporal punishment of children has been raised with Pope Francis by former president Mary McAleese, according t(...)

Avarizia (Greed) and Via Crucis (Stations of the Resurrection),  by Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi respectively,  both reproduce confidential financial documents allegedly stolen from the Vatican.  Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

Two investigative journalists behind controversial books about the Vatican are under investigation by the Vatican City state judiciary on charges rela(...)

Pope Francis greets the crowd  in Florence, Italy. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has called for a Catholic church that is not cosseted, self-centred and obsessed with power and money, as he faces new challenges to his (...)