Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin called the result of the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage a “disaster for humanity”. Photograph: Getty

On the morning after Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, called the result of last weekend’s referendum a “disaster for humanity”, th(...)

Pope Francis pictured during the feast-day Mass of Corpus Domini on the plains of the small town of Sibari in Calabria, Italy. Pope Francis concluded his one-day trip to the southern Italian region  with strong words against the Calabrian mafia, calling it ‘adoration of evil and contempt for the common good’. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope Francis issued the strongest attack on organised crime groups by a pontiff in two decades yesterday, accusing them of practising the “the adorati(...)

Pope Francis waves during the Angelus prayer in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph: Alessandro/Reuters

Pope Francis has bitterly denounced the Calabrian Mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta, following the killing of a three-year-old boy caught up in a Mafia “executio(...)