Pope Francis

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South African Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier. He apologised today for offending victims of child abuse when he described paedophilia as an illness and not a crime in a media interview.

A South African cardinal today apologised for offending victims of child abuse when he described paedophilia as an illness and not a crime in (...)

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin has warned against fundamentalism and “fruitless judgmentalism”. At a Mass in Dublin’s Pro Cathedral to celeb(...)

Newly elected Pope Francis appears at the window of his future private apartment to bless the faithful, gathered below in St Peter's Square. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

More than 100,000 people gathered to hear Pope Francis say his first Angelus from the papal apartments at the Vatican this afternoon In (...)

A participant marches in the St Patrick's Day Parade in New York today. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Even though many weren’t Irish, and even though it wasn’t actually St Patrick’s Day, an estimated two million New Yorkers marched out to line F(...)

Pope Francis is given a yellow Catholic faith bracelet by Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of South Africa yesterday. Cardinal Napier told the BBC today that paedophilia is a ‘psychological illness’ rather than a criminal condition. Photograph: Reuters

A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis has described paedophilia as a psychological illness and not “a criminal condition”. (...)

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(...)

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