Census 2016: The recent social media campaign which urged people to tick ‘No religion’, failed to understand that views on religion are not black and white.  Picture Nick Bradshaw

‘It’s complicated’ is a Facebook relationship status, denoting anything from a relationship on the rocks to one that doesn’t fit standard parameters, (...)

Rene Brulhart, president of the Vatican Financial Information Authority  argued that the increased number of suspicious case reports was a direct result of the work of his own institution. Photograph:  Andrew Medichini/AP Photo

The Holy See’s financial information authority on Thursday reported a threefold increase in reports of “suspicious activities” last year.   Pr(...)

Fr Iggy O Donovan says Swiss theologian Hans Küng is ‘hopelessly optimistic’ in perceiving a ‘new freedom’ in the Vatican. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

An appeal by dissident theologians for “accountability and transparency” within the Catholic Church’s powerful Congregation For the Doctrine of the Fa(...)

Irish Jesuit priest Fr John Sullivan.  Pope Francis has approved his beatification. Photograph: Jesuits in Ireland website

Pope Francis has approved the beatification of Irish Jesuit priest, Fr John Sullivan. Fr John Sullivan was born on Eccles Street on Dublin in 1861 a(...)

Cardinal George Pell, head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, says he hopes an audit of the Vatican finances will resume very shortly, following its suspension this week. Photograph:  Daniel Munoz/Reuters

An external audit of Vatican finances being carried out by global firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has been suspended by the Holy See. The move raises f(...)

By saying to the refugees he met in Lesbos “you are not alone”, and by describing their Greek hosts as “guardians of humanity”, Pope Francis has eloqu(...)

Syrian refugees Wafa, in the centre with white scarf holding her son Omar’s hand, husband Osama, second from left as they arrive with another Syrian family at the St Egidio Community in Rome on Saturday. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

When six-year-old Syrian refugee, Omar, sat down to his first meal in Italy in the Comunità di Sant’Egidio in Rome on Saturday night, he was greeted w(...)

Pope Francis meets refugees at the Moria refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP

Pope Francis returned from a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, taking 12 Syrian refugees with him as a “gesture of welcome” amidst wha(...)

 Bernie Sanders arriving at the Vatican for a conference commemorating the 25th anniversary of ‘Centesimus Annus’, a high-level teaching document by Pope John Paul II on the economy and social justice at the end of the Cold War. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

On Friday afternoon when the time came for US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to address the Holy See’s Pontifical Academy of Social (...)

Pope Francis: “A particular kind of parish priest, of course, one completely orthodox but utterly aware of and compassionate towards human frailty. The kind of priest who is a bit garrulous, prone to re-telling anecdotes, but is nobody’s fool.”  ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

Early on in his papacy, Pope Francis visited St Anna, a small Augustinian church where the few hundred personnel who live and work in the Vatican atte(...)