Catholic pilgrims pray in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary near the Medjugorje church. Photograph: Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has authorised pilgrimages to Medjugorje, which means such trips can now be officially organised by Catholic dioceses and parishes worldw(...)

 Cardinal George Pell makes his way on Wednesday to  Melbourne County Court, where he was remanded in custody pending sentencing for  sexually abusing two choir boys in Australia two decades ago. Photograph: Con Chronis/AFP/Getty Images

Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell is spending his first night behind bars on Wednesday after he was remanded into custody pending sentenci(...)

Photograph taken in January 2018 shows French president Emmanuel Macron shaking hands with Archbishop Luigi Ventura at the Élysée Palace in Paris. File photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

French authorities are investigating allegations that the Vatican’s ambassador to France molested a junior official in Paris’s City Hall, a City Hall (...)