Pope Francis

Podcast: Pope Francis, homosexuality and the spectre of schism

31 May 2018 10:54

Only one pope in the history of the Catholic Church could have uttered the following words: ‘Juan Carlos, that you…

The disturbing case of Alfie Evans shames Britain

25 April 2018 17:34

There was never going to be a happy ending to the story of Alfie Evans, the 23-month-old boy treated at…

The Vatican’s fake news: Pope Francis’s staff caught blurring out key words in photo of letter from Benedict

15 March 2018 23:08

Fake news is dangerous because it uses ‘distorted data’ to manipulate the public, Pope Francis warned us in January. Well,…

Five years of Pope Francis: five things you need to know

14 March 2018 8:49

Five years ago, the name of the Pope was announced from the balcony of St Peter’s and I was given…

Time is running out for the ‘Dictator Pope’ as a new scandal hits Rome

23 December 2017 14:11

Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga of Honduras, one of the most influential figures in the Catholic Church, has been accused of receiving…

Pope Francis is behaving like a Latin American dictator – but the liberal media aren’t interested

12 July 2017 16:01

At the end of June, Pope Francis dismissed Cardinal Gerhard Müller from his position as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of…

The strange similarity between Donald Trump and Pope Francis

24 May 2017 17:38

Donald Trump’s verdict on his audience with Pope Francis – ‘fantastic meeting’, ‘honor of a lifetime’ – may disappoint those…

Pope Francis’s liberal fan club visibly upset after he hits it off with Trump

24 May 2017 16:15

Pope Francis met President Trump this morning and they appear to have hit it off. After a 30-minute meeting in…

Pope is planning to retire, say allies – but only once he’s appointed enough liberal cardinals

21 April 2017 11:42

Allies of Pope Francis are saying that he’s planning to follow the example of Benedict XVI and retire. But he’ll only…

The plot against the Pope

12 March 2017 9:00

On the first Saturday in February, the people of Rome awoke to find the city covered in peculiar posters depicting…

The Spectator podcast: The plot against the Pope

10 March 2017 15:21

On this week’s episode, we take the Pope to task over his leadership of the Roman Catholic Church, ask whether Canada has…

The Knights of Malta must understand that they are a religious order – not a country

26 January 2017 12:14

There are some strange goings-on in Rome at the moment. Two of the world’s smallest sovereign states, both headquartered there,…

Pope seizes power from the Knights of Malta, brutally ending 900 years of their sovereignty

25 January 2017 15:50

The Knights of Malta – an ancient Catholic order that dates back to the crusades – have enjoyed the privileges of…

The Spectator podcast: The end of experts

12 January 2017 12:44

On this week’s podcast we reappraise the role of experts, scrutinise the chaotic papacy, and check in with the court…

The Pope’s bizarre rant about eating faeces makes me wonder if he should retire

8 December 2016 15:04

Have you read what the Pope has just said about being sexually turned on by eating faeces? He wasn’t talking about…

Why do church leaders suck up to Marxist regimes?

2 December 2016 10:46

When Fidel Castro died, Pope Francis ‘grieved’. That’s right: he grieved for the man who – in addition to murdering…

The Pope has tried to wave through communion for divorced-and-remarried

19 September 2016 17:01

Pope Francis has just given implicit permission for many divorced-and-remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion. But he’s done so surreptitiously. Effectively, Francis has pulled…

Pope Francis says most marriages today are ‘invalid’. This is a disaster for the Catholic Church

17 June 2016 0:05

Pope Francis, spiritual leader of a billion people, has just informed them that ‘the great majority’ of sacramental marriages are invalid…

Pope used Argentinian ‘ghostwriter’ for controversial document on the family, claims Vatican expert

25 May 2016 15:34

The leading Vatican commentator Sandro Magister – a conservative Catholic detested by the Pope’s entourage – this morning published an article that will severely…

Can Christianity be translated into a few core rules?

12 April 2016 10:59

The message of Pope Francis, in his exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), seems to be this: there must…

Pope Francis’s revolution has been cancelled

8 April 2016 12:20

Here’s the beginning of the Guardian’s report on Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love), Pope Francis’s response to the Synod on…

The Pope vs The Donald. Who will win?

17 February 2016 14:02

It’s pretty extraordinary that a leading contender for the American presidency has just effectively threatened the Pope with terrorism. But then,…

Spectator books of the year: a new biography of the Pope changes Christopher Howse’s mind

8 December 2015 15:00

Two biographies that changed my mind. Gerard Kilroy’s Edmund Campion: A Scholarly Life (Ashgate, £80) vividly sketches the intellectual worlds…

Pope Francis condemns Catholic ‘fundamentalists’ and hints at support for use of condoms against Aids

30 November 2015 23:45

Pope Francis has used another mid-flight press conference to make a statement of significance to millions of Catholics. Asked if the Church…

Exclusive translation: the Pope says Paris attacks are part of a Third World War

15 November 2015 16:14

An Italian religious TV station, TV2000, has posted this audio clip of Pope Francis – sounding distressed and tearful –…