The moment with the greatest potential for fireworks is tomorrow’s meeting of the UN security council, which, owing to the rotating chairmanship, will be steered by Trump himself. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Some 133 heads of state and government will be in New York this week for the United Nations general assembly, but the enduring pulling-power of the an(...)

US president Donald Trump. The UN Population Fund said it regrets the US decision to end funding, which it said is based on an “erroneous claim” that the agency supports coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation in China. Photograph: Eric Thayer/The New York Times

The US state separtment said on Monday that it was ending US funding for the United Nations Population Fund, the international body’s agency focused o(...)

In their “Affirmation” academics defending church teaching say they “hold that the church’s teaching on contraception is true and defensible on the basis of scripture and reason”. Photographs: Getty Images

Two documents were published by Catholic Church scholars on Tuesday advocating rival stances on the church’s teaching on artificial means of contracep(...)

Former Irish president Mary McAleese: “It needs to be removed in conscience, in justice and . . . it has no basis in divine law”. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Former president Mary McAleese is among more than 100 international Catholic academics who have signed a ‘Scholars’ Statement’ challenging the church(...)

Sir, – I found the piece by Donal Dorr (“Pope’s message on climate change a radical departure”, Opinion & Analysis, June 19th) fascinating in that(...)