Fr Mark Drew

The past three weeks have shown there is a real fracture within the Catholic hierarchy. Can Francis find a way to lead and unite the conflicting factions?

By strengthening the synod of bishops Pope Francis hopes to boost the chances of unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christians

In the minds of many Greeks, the Orthodox Church has become part of an arrogant and self-serving establishment

As the crucial family synod approaches, his critics could prove his greatest allies

Two years ago Benedict XVI became the first Pope Emeritus in the Catholic Church’s history. Thanks to his wisdom and restraint the historic innovation hasn’t led to disaster

The first Briton to serve as Vatican ‘foreign minister’ is a remarkable personality

The rolling of heads is hardly a de-Ratzingerisation, but it does suggest an adjustment to the line taken by Benedict XVI and St John Paul II

Francis’s ‘who am I to judge?’ line may have cooled the ecumenical ardour of the Russian Orthodox hierarchy

The Russian Orthodox Church cannot afford to alienate Ukrainians as it bids for primacy within the Orthodox world

Despite establishing the super cardinals, so far the Pope has overseen only piecemeal reforms