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Pope Francis prays as he celebrates the Christmas mass marking the birth of Jesus Christ on December 24th, 2018 at St Peter’s basilica in Vatican. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has urged Christians to forgo the greed, gluttony and materialism of Christmas and to focus instead on its message of simplicity, charity(...)

The basilica at the Valley of the Fallen in San Lorenzo del Escorial near Madrid, where Francisco Franco is buried. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty

A Spanish government plan to exhume Francisco Franco from his mausoleum is threatening to backfire dramatically due to efforts by the late dictator’s (...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi with European  Parliament president Antonio Tajani in Strasbourg in July 2017. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Tuesday he planned to propose Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament, as prime mini(...)

Pope Francis and President Michael D Higgins meeting in the Vatican City, Rome. Photograph: Maxwells

Pope Francis has indicated he may visit Northern Ireland next year as part of an anticipated trip to Dublin. President Michael D Higgins and his wife(...)

Arguably, the final curtain on a difficult period for relations between the Holy See and the Government comes down Monday when Pope Francis receives E(...)

 Pope Francis   with US vice-president Joe Biden. Photograph: AFP Photo/Osservatore Romano

For the second time in this US election year, a senior Democratic figure, on Friday, dropped in on Pope Francis at the Vatican.   Two weeks’ ag(...)

Cardinal George Pell, head of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy, says he hopes an audit of the Vatican finances will resume very shortly, following its suspension this week. Photograph:  Daniel Munoz/Reuters

An external audit of Vatican finances being carried out by global firm PricewaterhouseCoopers has been suspended by the Holy See. The move raises f(...)

Lay consultant Francesca Chaouqui and Spanish monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda: pair are among the five on trial. Photograph:  Umberto Pizzi/AFP/Getty Images

The potentially embarrassing, so-called Vatileaks 2 trial is scheduled to reconvene in the Vatican on Saturday morning. This is the Vatican City sta(...)

Supporters of same-sex civil union kiss holding alarm clocks “to wake up Italy” on Saturday near the Pantheon in central Rome. An estimated one million people took to the streets of Italy, to signal their support for civil union legislation. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Just one week before a civil union Bill intended to legalise unmarried heterosexual and homosexual unions comes before the Italian Senate, Pope Franci(...)

Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni at the launch of Pope Francis’s book, ‘The Name of God is Mercy’, at the Vatican  on Tuesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ EPA

“You have to hand it to Pope Francis. Only he could have brought together a cardinal secretary of state, a prison inmate and a Tuscan comic to present(...)

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