Pope Francis (left) greets the president of the Pontificial Committee of Historical Science Fr Bernard Ardura  during the ‘Luther: 500 Years Later’ conference at the Vatican City. Photograph: EPA/L’Osservatore Romano handout

The idea of the Pope opening a conference on Martin Luther at the Vatican might seem like an April Fool’s joke. But that little bit of ecclesiastical(...)

Swiss Guards at the Vatican. An Extraordinary Synod of Bishops begins in Rome on October 5th.

Traditionalists in Rome’s College of Cardinals have decided to get their revenge in first, so to speak, prior to the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops wh(...)