A portraIt of Pope Francis marking his visit to Cuba is seen in a street of the capital Havana. The pope is visiting Cuba from September 19th-22nd, the first stop on a trip that also will take him to the United States.  Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

“A prophet is someone who comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. He speaks truth to power.” It was US Jesuit Tom Reese who used those hi(...)

‘They are uplifted by some signs of hope among US bishops –  for instance the Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley (above), in a recent television interview, stating that the Vatican investigation of the US women religious was a “disaster”.’ Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

I have recently returned from an 18-city speaking tour in the US, organised by the network of Church Reform movements. They impressed me. Their commit(...)

A proponent of reform within the Catholic Church, the outspoken Fr Andrew M Greeley wrote more than 100 works of non-fiction. Photograph: Lee Balterman//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

Fr Andrew M Greeley, an outspoken Catholic priest who wrote more than 50 novels and feuded publicly with his superior Cardinal John Cody, has died at (...)

Sri Lanka's Cardinal Albert Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, arrives to lead Mass at the San Lorenzo In Lucino church in Rome today. With the vast majority of Catholics now living outside Europe, there is growing pressure for a pontiff from another part of the world. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

Roman Catholic cardinals prayed today for spiritual guidance ahead of a closed-door conclave to choose a new pope to lead the church at one of (...)