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 Pope Francis walks through the entrance of the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland on Friday. Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Hunched on a bench near the gate to the Auschwitz death camp site in Poland, Pope Francis prayed silently on Friday in tribute to 1.5 million people, (...)

 Pilgrims participating in World Youth Day 2016  in Blonia park in Krakow, Poland. Photograph: Jacek Turczyk/EPA

A little corner of Ireland has sprung up on the periphery of Krakow, Poland, for this week only. This is the Sw Kazimierza church and environs, which(...)

Huge crowds attend the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa as Pope Francis visits Poland for an international Catholic youth festival. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis missed a step and fell to the ground as he was coming to an open-air altar to celebrate Mass at Poland’s holiest shrine of Jasna Gora on (...)

 Pope Francis   in Krakow, Poland: his dramatic statement contrasts sharply with the joyous and celebratory spirit which traditionally marks the gathering of young people from all around the world. Photograph: Maciej Kulczynski/EPA

Speaking one day after the murder in Rouen of 86-year-old French priest Jacques Hamel, Pope Francis on Wednesday said “the world is at war”. The pope (...)

Fr Jacques Hamel was murdered by two men armed with knives who took five people hostage in the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray church in France. Photograph: AFP

Described as modest, dedicated and always available for his parishioners, Fr Jacques Hamel (86), who was murdered in his Normandy church while celebr(...)

Liam Jegou: was the fastest qualifier at the under-23 canoe slalom World Championships Krakow in Poland.

Liam Jegou qualified directly for the semi-finals at the under-23 canoe slalom World Championships in Krakow in Poland. The France-based Irish man com(...)

Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin will lead a delegation from the Irish Bishops’ Conference to Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq next November. Photograph: The Irish Times

Ireland’s Catholic bishops have criticised the delay in Ireland taking in refugees following last year’s agreement to do so. They have expressed “co(...)

Pope Francis will visit the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau during a visit to Poland on July 29th, the Vatican said on Thursday. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images.

Pope Francis will visit the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau during a visit to Poland on July 29th, the Vatican said on Thursday. Both of Franci(...)

 A file picture from May 24th, 2016 shows Polish director Roman Polanski in Katowice, Poland. The country’s justice minister said on Wednesday that he would approve any decision by the supreme court to uphold an appeal against an earlier court decision not to extradite the Oscar-winning filmmaker to the US. Photograph: Andrzej Grygiel/EPA

Poland intends to extradite filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction if the supreme court approves the move, th(...)

Puppets of Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo (left), PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski (centre) and president Andrzej Duda in a pro-EU membership march. Photograph: Pawel Supernak/EPA

A highlight of being The Irish Times’s Berlin correspondent is being able to hop aboard a train and head over the border to report from Poland. This(...)

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