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The next time someone claims that the 16th-century English Church was backward and superstitious, tell them about this ring

Last Testament has much to delight Benedict’s admirers, but on one crucial point it leaves me uneasy

Both Pontiff and President-elect have caused the press to exclaim ‘Did he really just say that?’

Despite his Catholic background, Canada’s Justin Trudeau has neglected the elderly, the unborn and even the environment in favour of identity politics

A new mode of Vatican rhetoric, characterised by assertions and attacks, is one of the greatest contrasts with the past 35 years

The letter that proved to be the turning point showed the Holy Spirit was at work in a most unexpected way

Its ambiguity cannot be retroactively clarified by private letters

Whose legacy will last longer?

Benedict XVI favoured a slow, step-by-step approach to reform, while Francis prefers sweeping initiatives that advance quickly

How could Mother Teresa be so universally loved when she resisted all the progressive trends?

The Pope made clear his current thinking, that there is no such phenomenon as Islamist violence, any more than domestic violence in Italy constitutes ‘Catholic violence’