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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’

The rift, which began with the joint canonisation of John Paul II and John XXIII, is rarely spoken about in public

If the only way we can receive mercy is by means of divine assault, God will give us that

A celebration of the encyclical Centesimus Annus turned the worker into a subject of state policy rather than an economic agent

Is editorial mischief at play in the Pope’s exhortation?