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The Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, at a press conference (Photo: CNS)

The Vatican is often criticised for paying little or no attention to PR. At the same time many believe that a slick, modern PR office would hinder its mission

European Commission hosts summit of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders

Malicious or ignorant reports do not only damage the reputation of ordinary Catholics; they also cause ordinary Catholics to lose confidence in their pastors

Fr Robert Barron on the BP oil leak

Theologian draws spiritual lesson from the catastrophe

But Pope Benedict will have to live to 2020 to surpass the oldest pope in history, Leo XIII.

Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa says population is dwindling

Experts study ‘The Martyrdom of St Lawrence’

Indian Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt takes up key post

Parents shocked by results of study

Message will mark World Day of Peace