Pope Francis

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Newly elected Pope Francis speaks as he holds his first audience with journalists and media inside the Paul VI hall today. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Pope told over 4,500 members of the media and their families this morning how he chose the name Francis on his election last Wednesday even(...)

Pope Francis has sent a greeting to the people of Ireland to mark St Patrick's Day. Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown deli(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

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