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Pope Francis waves to faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican.

In what is effectively his first entrance onto the stage of major world politics, Pope Francis yesterday again argued against a US-led military invasi(...)

Pope Francis said ‘one-sided interests’ had prevailed in Syria, preventing a peaceful solution and allowing the continued ’senseless massacre’ of innocents. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has urged leaders of the Group of 20 nations to abandon the “futile pursuit” of a military solution in Syria and work instead for dialogu(...)

Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, the Vatican’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic, offers mass in Santo Domingo in 2009. The Vatican has recalled Dr Wesolowski, who has been in the Dominican Republic for nearly six years, and relieved him of his duties pending an investigation. Photograph: Luis Gomez/Diario Libre/Reuters

The Vatican has recalled its ambassador to the Dominican Republic and relieved him of his duties pending an investigation, after local media accused (...)

Fr Tony Flannery:  “If they could sideline the current leadership, they would frighten off any others who might take our place, and in this way crush the whole movement.”

Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery said he believes the Vatican’s silencing of him last year was really about dismantling the Association of Catholi(...)

Vatican secretary of state Msgr Pietro Parolin is credited with having skilfully handled complex issues such as nuclear disarmament as well as Holy See dialogue with China, North Korea and Iran. Photograph: Reuters/Kham

Pope Francis has given a strong indication of the direction of his pontificate when making arguably his most important appointment to date, naming ex(...)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin has been appointed as secretary of state, Vatican prime minister and chief aide - a role often called the ‘deputy pope’. Photograph: Reuters

Pope Francis today made arguably the most important appointment of his five month long pontificate so far when he named experienced Vatican diplomat, (...)

Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution of 1959 spread a wave of hope among the poor across South America. Photograph: Getty Images

We are used to hearing how missionaries successfully brought faith and progress to the poor in foreign lands. One might think that they all had a clea(...)

 Fr Iggy O Donovan:  “What I most detest in ecclesiastical life are those career-orientated clerics who denounce colleagues.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Augustinian priest Fr Iggy O’Donovan is taking time out. His term as prior in Drogheda has just come to an end and he had already told his superiors h(...)

Pope Francis looks on as he celebrates mass with pilgrims at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Pope Francis has said the troubled Vatican bank must become “honest and transparent” and that he will listen to the advice of a commission he has set (...)

Pope Francis (front) and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone step off a plane after returning from their trip to Brazil at Ciampino airport, south of Rome, today. Photograph: Reuters

Pope Francis, in some of the most compassionate words from any pontiff on gays, said they should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrate(...)

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