Pope

The Rolling Stones’s Saatchi show is clearly a money-spinner – what’s wrong with that?

11 April 2016 20:15

The most restless, resilient, rapacious rock & roll group in the world is on the move again. Less than two…

Correction of the day: is the Pope Catholic?

11 August 2015 11:32

The results are in. After scrolling through today’s papers, ‘Correction of the day’ goes to the Times for an apology which…

The pope is right – smacking your kids is sometimes OK

10 February 2015 13:35

One good thing has come out of the fuss over the pope’s comments about it being ok to smack your…

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…

Chris Patten keeps failing upwards – now he’s advising the Pope. Poor Pope.

10 July 2014 8:24

There is a wearying inevitability to the announcement that Pope Francis’s reforms of the Vatican media will be overseen by…

Why Time’s Person of the Year should be Pope … Benedict

11 December 2013 11:24

It seems that everyone agrees Pope Francis should be Time’s ‘Person of the Year 2013’. Better him than Miley Cyrus,…

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…

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…

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…

Where Warsi is right and wrong

20 January 2011 9:05

As ever, the headlines are more sensational than the speech, but marginally so in this case. Baroness Warsi has asserted…

The Pope: moderation is Britain’s national instinct

17 September 2010 18:22

Another good speech from Pope Benedict XVI, grand in historical sweep and intellectual clarity. His softly spoken, yet heavily-accented, English…

Best seating plan ever

17 September 2010 16:56

The images from inside Westminster Hall right now: Captions please…

When the Pope met Boris

17 September 2010 16:35

A good scoop from The Catholic Herald. Stuart Reid reveals what Mayor Boris Johnson said to the Pontiff last night:…

From the archives: John Paul II’s visit to Britain

17 September 2010 14:00

No need to explain why we’ve disinterred this piece by Peter Ackroyd, on the last papal visit to Britain, from…

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…

Let’s move on from Stephen Fry’s Pope bashing

16 September 2010 11:05

Stephen Fry is good at taking himself seriously while pretending not to take himself seriously. But slowly, as he gets…

Hello Pope!

16 September 2010 2:41

And welcome to Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. Of all the pointless activities in all the world…

The Pope might be coming but the Milibands are still Topic A at Westminster

14 September 2010 19:27

Parliament is busy preparing to receive the Pope, the red carpet has been put down in Westminster Hall and the…

The Vatican plays the “Jewish Card”

3 April 2010 14:18

Speaking in a Good Friday homily, with the Pope listening, the Pontiff’s personal preacher, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, likened the drive…

The Pope: Child Abuse is Liberals’ Fault

20 March 2010 13:14

An eyebrow-raising passage from the Pope’s letter to the Irish church: In recent decades, however, the Church in your country…