In most previous synods, the mid-synod “Relatio” was so boring and unenlightening that it was generally ignored. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Just about the most remarkable Vatican story your Rome correspondent ever covered came back in October 1992. It concerned a speech that Pope John Paul(...)

Pope Francis talks with Bolivia’s president Evo Morales as he meets members of the Popular Movements at the Vatican today. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Pope Francis has said “land, housing and work are increasingly unavailable to the majority” of the world’s population, adding that to express “solida(...)

Italian sister Cristina Scuccia holding her prize after winning the The Voice of Italy in Milan in June. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

As endorsements for your first album go, they do not get much heavier than this. When Italy’s Singing Nun, 26-year-old Ursuline sister Cristina Scucci(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said some bishops at the synod felt the document could have said more on the questions of LGBT people and divorce. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It will not be possible for the Catholic Church to use certain language concerning LGBT and divorced people following last weekend’s Synod, Archbishop(...)

Bayern Munich’s  Arjen Robben gave his former Chelsea team-mate  Ashley Cole the runaround during Tuesday night’s 7-1 win over Roma   at the  Stadio Olimpico. Photograph:  Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images 1:26

Having “sacked” Roma with an imperious 7-1 Champions League drubbing at the Olympic Stadium in Rome last night, German champions Bayern Munich this mo(...)

Philip Irwin, president of ASTI; and Jeanne Barrett, chairwoman of CSPE teachers’ association

The civic-mindedness of secondary schools is being put to the test by the decision to reduce Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) into a sh(...)

Pope Francis is flanked by  the Archbishop of Bombay  Cardinal Oswald Gracias.  The cardinal  has said “everybody is travelling in a particular direction, basically in harmony without complete uniformity”.     Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

Pope Francis closed a dramatic Vatican Synod on the Family yesterday with a mass in St Peter’s, during which he beatified Pope Paul VI. Pope from(...)

 Cardinals and bishops attend the Mass for the closing of Extraordinary Synod held by Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square  in the Vatican City. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Those who feel they’ve been consigned to the margins once again by a Catholic Church statement should put the brakes on their despair for the moment. (...)

Pope Francis waves to the faithful at the end of a Mass for the beatification of Pope Paul VI in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has formally closed the Synod on the Family with a special Mass on the steps of St Peter’s during which he also beatified Pope Paul VI. P(...)

 Pope Francis  leads the mass on the occasion of the end of the extraordinary synod of the family and the beatification of Paul VI in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

A gay and lesbian campaign group has described a new document on homosexuality published last night by the Vatican Synod of the Family is a missed opp(...)