Anthony Hopkins and and Jonathan Pryce in The Two Popes

The world has largely forgotten Morris West and the 1968 adaptation of his bestseller The Shoes of the Fisherman. Yet that Michael Anderson film, sta(...)

Wim Wenders with Pope Francis.

In centuries past, the likes of Velázquez and Raphael helped to burnish the images of popes. The most effective portraits established the Holy Father (...)

Pope Francis  was born in December 1936 in Argentina. File photograph: Luca Zennaro/Reuters

Pope Francis is expected to draw significantly smaller crowds than the last papal trip to Ireland by John Paul II nearly 40 years ago. Ireland has cha(...)

German director Wim Winders with Pope Francis, the subject of his latest documentary.

As Ireland prepares for its first Papal visit in close to 40 years, the unimpressed throng – a cranky minority in 1979 – finds itself in a tricky posi(...)

The House That Jack Built: There are shreds here of Lars von Trier at his best. But they are shreds that we’ve seen before.     

The critics are squabbling   Ah, we’ve got an old-school critical punch-up going on here. The medium is largely digital, but the language s(...)

Pope Francis: there have been no significant changes in church teaching or discipline since he was elected – and it is now hard to see any taking place under him. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

Last Wednesday evening in Rome was much like that of March 13th, 2013: damp and drizzly with an air of no great expectation. Sightseers and pilgrims w(...)

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, pictured in 2013. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the former Catholic archbishop of Westminster, has died at the age of 85, a church spokesman has said. He became leader of th(...)

 Cardinal Jaime Ortega  arriving at the Cathedral of Havana to celebrate his last mass as Archbishop  on May 7th, 2016. Photograph: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

In May 2014, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the long-time archbishop of Havana and one of the most influential political figures in Cuba, travelled to Washin(...)

 Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at St Peter’s basilica in December 2015. “Practical government is not my strong point and that is certainly a weakness. But I cannot see myself as a failure,” he writes in his new book, The Last Conversations. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Former Pope Benedict has acknowledged he was a better professor than a leader, revealing in a new book that he sometimes struggled to take decisions d(...)

Pope Francis shakes hands with Italian premier Matteo Renzi, as German chancellor Angela Merkel looks on, during a ceremony where he was awarded the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen (Karlspreis) at the Vatican on Friday. Photograph:  L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

In the grand surroundings of the Vatican’s Sala Regia, a room just adjacent to the Sistine Chapel, an Argentinian man on Friday became the first South(...)

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