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Fr Federico Lombardi (Photo: CNS)

But the Holy See will respond to justified criticisms with ‘courage and determination’, according to statement

Kirsten Sandberg, chairperson of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, speaking at yesterday's press conference (AP)

If critics think the Church hasn’t changed, they only need to do a quick online search to learn the truth

The UN human rights committee on the rights of the child delivering its report in Geneva (AP)

And the committee oversteps the mark by criticising Catholic teaching on contraception and abortion

Pope Francis (PA)

The Irish Catholics who protested against the closure are also worthy of praise

The Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican bank (CNS)

Experts praise new Vatican financial laws

Moneyval also requests Vatican bank inspection

Kenneth F Hackett, new US ambassador to the Holy See,  presents his credentials to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican (CNS)

Kenneth F Hackett fills diplomatic post that has been empty for a year

The Vatican's outgoing Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone with Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis acknowledges Cardinal’s contribution to the Holy See in short ceremony

The Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican bank (CNS)

The Institute for the Works of Religion earned €86.6 million in 2012, independently audited reports shows

The flags of the Holy See and Great Britain

Statement issued after official visit to Rome by delegation of British Ministers

Irish leader Enda Kenny Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images

Closing the embassy makes no economic logic – rather it is down to a ‘cooling of relations’