Former Vatican secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone at St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The former president and ex-treasurer of the Vatican-run children’s hospital have been indicted for allegedly diverting money from the hospital’s foun(...)

Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi, public relations expert Francesca Chaouqui and Msgr Angelo Lucio Vallejo Balda sit during their trial in the Vatican, in this file picture from November 2015. Photograph: L’Osservatore Romano/AP

The more you attend the so-called Vatileaks 2 trial in the Vatican, the more it seems the whole thing has been dreamed up by a Dan Brown wannabe. For(...)

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone: says he spent €300,000 of his own money on apartment renovation. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

The Vatican has opened an investigation into the €422,000 renovation of the apartment of its former secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone. (...)

Avarizia and Via Crucis, new  books on the Vatican by Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, on display  in a bookshop in Naples. Photograph: Ciro Fusco/EPA

“And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.” It may just have been a coincidence but,(...)

Pope Francis talks to Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone during the cardinal’s farewell ceremony at the Vatican yesterday. Photograph:  Reuters/Osservatore Romano

On the day of his official retirement yesterday, the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, issued a stout defence of the pontificate (...)

Cardinals attend the pre-conclave Mass at St Peter’s Basilica yesterday, in this shot taken through a fisheye lens. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

For the Vatican isti , it was time to consult the t(...)

The sun sets behind St Peter's Basilica in St Peter's Square in the Vatican this evening. Cardinals are set to enter the conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI tomorrow. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images.

The talking is over, it is now time to vote. The Cardinals this morning held their tenth and last “Congregazione Generale” prior to going into (...)

Black smoke billows out from a chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel indicating that the College of Cardinals have failed to elect a new Pope. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images.

Thick black smoke billowed into the night sky from the Sistine Chapel's chimney tonight, signalling an inconclusive first vote in the conclave (...)