Krystof Charamsa has urged the Catholic Church to change its stance on homosexuality

Vatican dismisses priest after he comes out as gay

03 Oct The Vatican dismissed a priest from his post in a Holy See office today after he told a newspaper he was gay and urged the Catholic Church to change its stance on homosexuality.

Troy Newman at a prayer event in 2007

Australia to deport anti-abortion activist

02 Oct Controversial American anti-abortion activist Troy Newman will be deported after losing a legal bid to stay in Australia following the immigration minister's decision to revoke his visa.

Kim Davis said the pope told her to 'stay strong'

Pope met anti-gay marriage clerk in US

30 Sep A US county clerk who refused in the name of her faith to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples has said she secretly met with Pope Francis during his US visit and that he urged her to "stay strong".

Pope Francis made the announcement at an open-air mass in Philadelphia

Pope Francis may visit Ireland in 2018

27 Sep There is speculation that Pope Francis may visit Ireland in 2018 after he announced at a mass in Philadelphia that the Catholic World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin.

Palestinian women protest against Jewish groups visiting the Al-Aqsa mosque

Further clashes at Al-Aqsa mosque

27 Sep Clashes broke out between masked Palestinians and Israeli security forces at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound this morning, the last day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, police said.

On his visit to the city, the birthplace of American independence, Francis will promote religious freedom

Pope Francis visits Philadelphia

26 Sep Cheering crowds greeted Pope Francis in Philadelphia when he arrived at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul for a mass.

Pope Francis arrives for a religious service at the site of the 9/11 memorial in New York

Pope criticises greed at expense of world's poor

25 Sep Pope Francis has told the United Nations General Assembly that international agencies should not subject poor countries to "oppressive lending systems", which promote more poverty than progress.

The State has made Focus Ireland's family team responsible for assisting all homeless families

Conference hears about rate of housing homeless

25 Sep Focus Ireland has said that, given the current rate at which the State is housing homeless people under a fast-track scheme, it would take over two years to house those people currently homeless.

Now nearly 2,300 people in emergency accommodation in Dublin

Dublin homelessness 'humanitarian crisis' - report

22 Sep Dublin Simon Community has said the number of people sleeping rough and in emergency accommodation has become a humanitarian crisis, and there are now unprecedented levels of homelessness in the capital.

Pope Francis was greeted at the airport by President Barack Obama and the First Family

Pope Francis arrives on first US visit

22 Sep Pope Francis arrived on his first visit to the United States, bringing to Washington a message that its power and wealth should be used to serve humanity, and not the other way around.

Tens of thousands braved the tropical heat to hear Pope Francis

Pope praises Cuban Church for 'efforts'

21 Sep Pope Francis has praised the "efforts and sacrifices" made by Cuba's Catholic Church to work on the island amid a delicate period of transition, scarce resources and a history of tensions with the communist regime.

People wave Cuban and Papal flags at Pope Francis ahead of his mass at Revolution Square in Havana

Pope meets Castro, warns against ideology

20 Sep Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Havana's Revolution Square today and met with former leader Fidel Castro but warned Cubans against the dangers of ideology as their country enters a new era of closer ties with the United States.