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After the Pope’s Synod-on-family fiasco, let’s judge Catholicism on Catholic terms

19 October 2014 22:29

The Church’s extraordinary Synod on the family hasn’t gone down terribly well with secular pundits. It’s been billed as a failure on the BBC, which declared that gay Catholic groups… Continue reading

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Pope John Paul II And Pope John XXIII Are Declared Saints During A Vatican Mass

A day of four popes: John Paul II and John XXIII canonised

27 April 2014 19:30

To have one pope canonise another is remarkable; to have two popes canonise two popes (well, one was looking on but you see what I mean) is a marvel. These… Continue reading

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A menace to society? Image: Getty

The political class’s new phobia: big families

5 April 2013 14:38

After almost a week of media breast-beating about the Philpott case, a creepy consensus is emerging over benefits for children. Bernard Jenkin, the Conservative backbencher, wants child benefit to be limited… Continue reading

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Pope Francis I

Already, Pope Francis is the victim of cheap journalistic smears

14 March 2013 14:06

So the new Pope was ‘cosy with dictators’, according to the papers. The only sources for that assertion seem to be Latin Americans left-wingers who are obviously and implacably hostile to… Continue reading

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Pope Francis I appears for the first time. Picture: Getty

What can we expect from Pope Francis?

13 March 2013 21:51

Some striking facts about Pope Francis. Fact one: the Cardinals have elected a 76-year-old with only one lung. This undermines the idea that Pope Benedict stepped aside so that a… Continue reading

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White smoke in Rome: Cardinals have picked the new Pope. Picture: Getty

Breaking: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is the new Pope

13 March 2013 19:15

Oh, my God. It’s Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who everybody thought was past it. It’s commonly thought that he came second last time and was the popular liberal choice, only to… Continue reading

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Is this the face of the next pope? Image: Getty

Papal Conclave: would a result today mean Angelo Scola is Pope?

13 March 2013 14:30

White smoke from the Vatican this afternoon may signal that the new Pope is Cardinal Angelo Scola. But the longer the papal conclave goes on, the more likely it becomes… Continue reading

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Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Tarcisi

Will be the next Pope will be an Angelo?

3 March 2013 19:23

Some wag has gone around Rome putting up spoof ‘Vota Turkson’ posters. This is a reference to the Ghanian Cardinal Peter Turkson, who has been much-tipped to be the first black Pope. Turkson has a… Continue reading

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Cardinal O'Brien standing next to Gordon Brown at a function in 2006. (SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s prayers

26 February 2013 9:48

As the late Christopher Hitchens used to say of the most vociferous, gay-obsessed clergy: ‘I have a rule of thumb for such clerics and have never known it to fail:… Continue reading

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There is a rumour in Rome that Pope Benedict XVI was pushed out by a 'gay mafia'. Picture: Getty

Take the Vatican ‘Gay Mafia’ talk with a pinch of holy salt – for now

22 February 2013 22:26

A rather feverish mood around the Vatican today: La Repubblica’s sensational splash suggesting that Pope Benedict XVI was pushed out by a ‘gay mafia’ within the Church hierarchy has set Latin… Continue reading

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Pope Benedict XVI celebrating Ash Wednesday Mass earlier today. Picture: Getty

How Pope Benedict’s wisdom was often lost in translation

13 February 2013 22:31

The pope made his first public appearance since his resignation today, before putting ashes on the foreheads of pilgrims for Ash Wednesday. It’s one of those jos which isn’t itself… Continue reading

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Pope Benedict on a visit to New York in 2008. Under Benedict, the power of America in the Holy See has increased dramatically. Picture: Getty

A New York pontiff? Why I’m betting on Cardinal Timothy Dolan to be the new pope

11 February 2013 13:54

It’s got to be an African, hasn’t it? That’s what editors, including my esteemed boss, are saying across the country in response to Pope Benedict’s shock resignation. And Fraser’s right:… Continue reading

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On the Pope’s visit

16 September 2010 13:22

The Pope, as I’m sure you know, has touched down in Britain. Here, for CoffeeHousers, is the editorial on his visit from this week’s new-look issue of the magazine: Benedict… Continue reading

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