Pope Francis arrives at his General Weekly Audience in St Peter’s Square,  Vatican City, Vatican on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Pope Francis has said clerical sexual abuse scandals in the Irish church have contributed to a low number of vocations to the priesthood. Speaking at(...)

Pope Francis appoints new cardinal Mozambican Bishop Julio Duarte Langa during the consistory at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on February 14th. Francis has now appointed 31 new elector (under 80) cardinals  since his election in March, 2013. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

On Monday of this week, the Holy See quietly initiated a project that in many senses embodies Pope Francis’s famous call for a “church of the poor and(...)

Pope Francis greets a cardinal as he leaves at the end of a mass to mark the opening of the Synod on the Family in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican today. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters.

To the accompaniment of Gregorian chant and a reading from the prophet Isaiah, Pope Francis this morning formally opened the Vatican’s Extraordinary G(...)

Thousands of pilgrim fill St Peter’s Square in the Vatican City today as they await the Angelus prayer delivered by Pope Francis on the occasion of the 47th World Day of Peace. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Nine months on, and the “Francis-Effect” is still going strong. There was a huge buzz all around St Peter’s Square in the Vatican this morning on a be(...)