Pope Francis

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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 (...)

Rev John David Crowley in a church directory at Holy Angels parish. Crowley was named in a grand jury report that listed hundreds of Catholic priests in Pennsylvania accused of abusing children. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

The US justice department has opened an investigation into Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania accused of covering up sexual abuse for decades, a (...)

Tapestries of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador (left) and Pope Paul VI  hang from a balcony of the facade of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis on Sunday made saints of two of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century - murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Ro(...)

Chile’s president Sebastián Pinera meets Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean bishops who have been caught up in the country’s widening sexual abuse crisis, the Vatican said on Saturday. T(...)

‘Humans are notoriously bad at estimating future risk. This kind of thinking is fatal when it comes to climate change.’ Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Imagine a fire station. The fire alarm begins to blare, but the response from the firefighters is to put on the kettle. After a nice cup of tea, they (...)

Pope Francis smiles as he leaves following the weekly general audience at St Peter’s square in the Vatican. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

Pope Francis on Wednesday compared having an abortion to “hiring a hit man” to eliminate a problematic person. Abortion is a raging political battle(...)

The funeral procession of Emma Mhic Mhathúna passes by Leinster House. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Hundreds of mourners lined the streets of Dublin on Wednesday for the funeral cortege of Emma Mhic Mhathúna, a high-profile campaigner in the Cervical(...)

Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917 - 1980) at home in San Salvador in November 1979. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

There is something about the murder of a priest saying Mass that has always stirred the Christian imagination. The priest is then at his most vulnerab(...)

“I have certainly felt the presence of evil,” said Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan. Photograph: iStock

A Catholic bishop has said he is establishing a “delivery ministry” group of people who will be attempting to rid people of “the devil” through exorci(...)

The latest crisis concerning disgraced former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick began in August during the  visit of Pope	 Frances (pictured) to Ireland. File photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis has ordered a “thorough study” of all documents in Holy See offices concerning disgraced former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick. In a st(...)

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