The Vatican’s “gay lobby” does not campaign for gay rights; rather it is an informal group of gays who look out for each other

In 2002, at the height of the US Catholic Church’s sex abuse crisis, Pope John Paul II summoned American bishops to Rome for 10 days. During the visit(...)

Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa: said that the synod on the family had taken a step backward on gay and transgender issues. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

A former Vatican official who was stripped of his post early this month after acknowledging publicly that he was gay and in a relationship, has renewe(...)

Pope Francis arrives with bishops and cardinals for the morning session of the last day of the Synod on the Family at the Vatican on Saturday. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

If anyone ever had any doubt that there are forces inside both the Catholic Church and the Roman Curia working against Pope Francis and his “reform pr(...)

Poland’s main opposition party Law and Justice’s leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski meets citizens of Brzeziny, near Lodz, while campaigning in the country’s general election. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Last year Jakub Urbanik, a Polish university professor, asked his local registry office in Warsaw for a licence to get married in Spain. It was a stan(...)

In a surprise move, Pope Francis opened his Wednesday public audience in St Peter’s Square by apologising to the 25,000 pilgrims for the “scandals...o(...)

A screengrab of   Italian priest Don Gino Flaim, who has been suspended from his functions at the San Pio X church in Trent, northern Italy, after he made comments in which he appeared to “justify” paedophilia.

A 75-year-old Italian priest, Don Gino Flaim, has been suspended from his functions at the San Pio X church in Trent, northern Italy, after he made co(...)

Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa smiles as he leaves at the end of his news conference in downtown Rome. Photograph: Reuters

The Vatican has fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world’s bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees(...)

On the eve of the Synod on the Family, the Holy See was rocked on Saturday morning by the public coming out of 43-year-old Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, a senior official at the Vatican’s Congregation For the Doctrine Of The Faith (CDF), ex-Holy Office. File photograph: Osservatore Romano

On the eve of the Catholic’s Church’s Synod on the Family, the Holy See was rocked on Saturday by the public coming out of 43-year-old Monsignor Krzys(...)