Pope Francis

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Did Dr Who borrow one of its key memes from the papacy? For those unfamiliar with the flag(...)

Vatican ambassador to Nicaragua Fortunatus Nwachukwu applauds as he watches a local television channel in Managua announce the election of Pope Francis. Photograph: Reuters

Some social commentators have argued in recent years that as a society we are retreating from simultaneous consumption of mass media into indiv(...)

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(...)

Almost 40 percent of the world’s Catholics live in Latin America, but Rome’s old monopoly over the region has been broken. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters.

As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio got to know the challenges his church confronts in Latin America, home to the world’s g(...)

Keychains featuring newly-printed images of the newly-elected Pope Francis, are displayed in a tourist shop near the Vatican in Rome. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

The Vatican on today strongly denied accusations by some critics in Argentina that Pope Francis stayed silent during systematic human rights a(...)

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 (...)

Then  Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio giving a Mass outside the San Cayetano church in Buenos Aires, in 2009.   Photograph:Natacha Pisarenko

For a Catholic leadership reeling from paedophile and financial scandals, the elevation of Buenos Aires cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy (...)

Roman Catholics celebrate the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio  at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Agustin Marcarian/Reuters

impossible to avoid in Argentina. The news is on television and hastily made T-shirts, and it has even replaced the numbers on the huge (...)

A picture of Pope Francis in a souvenir shop near the Vatican today. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Patsy McGarry, in Rome This morning Pope Francis met most of the 206 members of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican's Clementine Hall(...)

NEW YORK TIMES : “With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chape(...)

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