Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni at the launch of Pope Francis’s book, ‘The Name of God is Mercy’, at the Vatican  on Tuesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ EPA

“You have to hand it to Pope Francis. Only he could have brought together a cardinal secretary of state, a prison inmate and a Tuscan comic to present(...)

 Cardinal Leopoldo Jose Brenes Solorzano of Nicaragua greets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI  after receiving his scarlet silk biretta to be elevated to cardinal by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica on Saturday.  Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI yesterday took the unusual step of attempting to lay to rest spec(...)

Man of the people: Cardinal Bergoglio drinks mate, a traditional beverage, in Buenos Aires earlier this  month. Photograph: DyN/AP Photo

It was Benedict who did it. There has never been an interregnum like the one just experienced by the Catholic Church, a period that led to the(...)