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Cardinal Pell, centre, with Jean-Baptise de Franssu, president of the Vatican bank, and former president Ernst Von Freyberg (Photo: CNS)

Just because funds were off balance sheet does not mean they were ‘illegal, illicit or poorly administered’, says Fr Lombardi

Women religious attend a meeting of the US bishops' conference (Photo: CNS)

Report was completed two years ago but not made public

Colonel Daniel Anrig, outgoing commander of the Swiss Guard, reviews 34 new recruits during their swearing-in ceremony (Photo: CNS)

News prompts speculation that Pope Francis was unhappy with rigid approach to discipline

Cardinal George Pell: Vatican finances were allowed to 'lurch along, disregarding modern accounting standards' (CNS)

Cardinal George Pell offers candid account of financial reforms in an exclusive article in the first issue of the new Catholic Herald magazine

Pope Francis said that the country was renowned for peaceful coexistence (CNS)

Pope Francis said that bishops must embrace the social dimension of the Gospel

The Vatican cricket team's #putoutyourbats tribute to Philip Hughes (Picture from @cardravasi)

St Peter’s players to attend Mass to mourn Australian batsman

Pope Francis at today's Global Freedom Network meeting

Francis and others launch initiative to ‘eradicate modern slavery’

Pope Francis meets with young refugees from Syria and Iraq during his trip to Turkey (CNS)

Pope Francis answered questions on the synod on his journey home from Turkey

Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg (PA)

It’s been said that Francis represents a rupture with the past, but that is not the case here

UKIP leader Nigel Farage (PA)

Leader of Eurosceptic party Ukip says Francis’s address to European Parliament marks major shift