John Thavis

L’Osservatore Romano said the offensive joke was a ‘sad’ example of the decline of public discourse in Italy

The Vatican has expressed ‘bewilderment and amazement’ at the legal action, saying its operations are legitimate

Pope Benedict says his native country is losing its sense of God in a speech to its new ambassador to the Holy See

Pope’s entourage will help him meet challenges of trip

New norms also strengthen penalty for attempting to ordain women as clergy

Revisions will also add the attempted ordination of women to list of most serious crimes against Church law

Canadian cardinal and Swiss bishop named as leaders of important curial departments

Pope talks to Cardinal Schönborn over his critical comments towards a fellow cardinal