The reform of the Vatican is about giving the Catholic Church the credibility it needs to do its work effectively in the modern world, argues Christopher Lamb in Rome

Critics to a tweaking of the Angelus format - a one-minute slot of quiet reflection at the end of the day - on Ireland's national broadcaster that say the changes are anti-Catholic are ridiculously wide of the mark, argues Sarah Mac Donald

This is not the way we should remember those fallen in conflict

10 November 2015 | by Simon Bolton-Gabrielsen | Comments: 1
The way that we remember those who died in conflicts in the pursuit of freedom and democracy bears more to a homage to militarism than what we should be doing: honouring the dead and learning lessons from history to bring about a peaceful future, writes Simon Bolton-Gabrielsen

It is nothing new that the Catholic Church is sitting on a lot of money and is not exactly clear about how it spends it, what is new is a Pope that wants to bring it closer to the poor - though as two new books show - this is proving tougher than Pope Francis might have originally thought, writes Christopher Lamb in Rome

I'm a much better Christian now I have become a Catholic

03 November 2015 | by K. Albert Little | Comments: 2
When Albert Little decided to convert from an Evangelical Protestant to Catholicism he had no idea that becoming a Catholic would utterly change his Christian life in ways he could never have imagined

The arrest of two people by Vatican police in connection with sensitive leaked documents throws a spotlight on the murkier corners of the Vatican, Christopher Lamb writes in Rome

The majority of the American public are still in favour of it, but the legislators that they elect and the lawmakers that interpret their laws are increasingly more queasy over the death penalty, writes Sean Smith

A proper theory of mercy would embrace the whole of life, not just the ecclesiastical part of life - and the Catholic Church needs to begin recognising this if it is going to progress on families

But given the hostility he faced from some of his own cardinals and fierce resistance from conservative lobbies Pope Francis will end the synod a happy man

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