Pope Francis greets  the faithful as he arrives at the shrine of the Madonna of Aparecida, whom Catholics venerate as the patron of Brazil, in  Sao Paulo state  yesterday. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

This week’s visit of Latin America’s first pontiff to his home continent is rich in symbolism, something at which Pope Francis has excelled since his (...)

Newly elected Pope Francis I (2nd R), Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, walks in the 5th-century Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore during a private visit today. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Yesterday afternoon, by mistake, someone at the Italian Bishops Conference sent off a telegram of congratulations to Car(...)