Spring turns to winter
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  • December 29, 2013, 12:32

If there are common threads running through the world turmoil of 2013, notably of its most unstable region, the Middle East, they are perhaps the indi(...)

Pope Francis: spoke movingly about his parents and his grandmother. Photograph: Reuters

The election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope and head of the Catholic Church on March 13th this year seemed unprepossessing. His record as head of th(...)

 Pope Francis: “Women are asking deep questions about what must be addressed. The church cannot be herself without the woman and her role

  The idea that the Catholic Church’s teachings represent “a monolith to defend without nuance or different understandings is wrong”. (...)

Chatting to the press posse on the return flight from Brazil, Pope Francis got the formal informality down perfectly. Photograph: Reuters

Pope Francis’s recent aerial press conference certainly tricked with the iconography of contemporary power. He may still have been wearing his cream m(...)

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before he became pope

Deep divisions between the conservative Argentine province of the Jesuits, for long headed by Fr Jorge Mario (...)

The new pontiff made his appeal in an address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican. Photgraph: L'Osservatore Romano/Getty Images

Pope Francis urged the West today to intensify dialogue with Islam and appealed to the world to do more to combat poverty. The new pontif(...)

Man of the people: Cardinal Bergoglio drinks mate, a traditional beverage, in Buenos Aires earlier this  month. Photograph: DyN/AP Photo
Pope without pomp

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(...)

No one got on well on El Silencio island, certainly not the prisoners nor their children nor their babies taken away from Esma, the torture cen(...)

Fine Gael TD for Cork South West Jim Daly, who had a spot of good luck thanks to his doctor  who alerted him to a suspicious blemish on his face

Most politicians are happy to escape with just a minor mauling after a studio session with Vincent Browne. One Fine Gael TD though is pe(...)

Pope Francis waves from the steps of the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome yesterday, as he went for a half-hour personal moment of prayer. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi

As you might expect, the mood in the Domus Santa Marta, the Vatican lodgings where all the cardinals stay during a conclave, was a festive one (...)

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