John Thavis

US author George Weigel says the late pope faced a full-scale war launched by Communism against the Catholic Church

The Pontiff will make four foreign trips next year, including one to Benin

Benedict XVI establishes unprecedented Vatican oversight agency

Event marks 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa’s birth

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issues clarification about Benedict XVI’s remarks in Light of the World

In a wide-ranging and candid interview the Pope describes crisis as ‘a tremendous cloud of filth which darkens everything’

Holy Father recalls his difficult path to priesthood in Nazi Germany

Pope Benedict XVI proclaims six new saints, including a Canadian brother known as the ‘Miracle Man of Montreal’

Pope Benedict XVI says new pontifical council aimed at re-evangelising the west will help ‘remake the Christian fabric of society’

At opening of Middle East Synod Pope Benedict warns of ‘false gods’ that beset the modern world, including terrorism and drug abuse