John Paul II

Western media paints Poland as a hotbed of extreme nationalism. The truth is far more complicated

A selection of memorable quotations by the Polish pope

The Church was a leading force in the abolition of capital punishment, but some Catholics are endorsing it again

Time magazine reporting of 1978 now looks both quaint and prescient. Then, as now, everything hangs on the choice of the next pope

John Paul II couldn’t strike a deal that satisfied the SSPX. Nor could Benedict. Enter the unlikeliest of bridge-builders

The Vatican wants the Korean Church to evangelise the rest of Asia. That could be only the beginning

Abortion can seem impossible to overcome. But so did communism

The retired pope had hoped to stay in the papacy until 2014, according to Mgr Georg Gaenswein

The Pope reflected on peace during his morning homily before travelling to Assisi

St John Paul II’s former secretary preached to more than 200,000 pilgrims on Tuesday