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On Thursday Pope Francis will have completed a year as Bishop of Rome, a year in which he has begun to transform the Church. But be in no doubt, argues our Rome correspondent, of just how wide and how deep go his aims for change
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Cardinal Bergoglio’s adoption of the name Francis on his election as Pope a year ago this coming week has had various interpretations, mostly associated with his desire for the Church to be of, and for, the poor.
The Ukrainian crisis ought to be capable of solution. The fundamental principle is that of self-determination, enshrined in the United Nations Charter and in international law.
I am afraid that I am beginning to find the increasingly regular canonisation of (recently) deceased popes a bit distasteful. It smacks just a little too much of bankers awarding each other massive bonuses.
The Catholic Church undoubtedly needs a comprehensive renewal of its teaching regarding marriage and family life. So could that necessary renewal be supplied by the so-called Theology of the Body expounded by Pope John Paul II...
Pope Francis has done it again – he has gone and given another interview to a secular paper! This time it is with Corriere della Sera, arguably Italy’s most authoritative broadsheet. He told its editor he found all the “myth-making” depicting him as “a sort of superman