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(...)

Pope Francis arrives to open Vatican Synod on the Family, Vatican City, earlier this month. Wrapping up the Synod today, the Pope praised the work of the assembly despite clear differences of opinion within it. Photograph: EPA

The Vatican Synod on the Family wrapped up with a final document which appears to backtrack on the mid-Synod Relatio concerning homosexuals issued (...)

Brian Sheehan of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network: hopes  synod’s final document “would reflect the reality” of gay people’s experience of tolerance on the part of most people in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Confusion is the word that most accurately describes the reaction of many in Ireland to the latest English language revision regarding gay people i(...)

Pope Francis: praying for change. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

Cardinal George Pell was in jocular form during the first week of the current synod of bishops in Rome. Prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the E(...)

Pope Francis and his papacy are clearly marked by his heartfelt pastoral priorities and his desire to make the Catholic Church more compassionate and (...)