- Where do we go from here?
Tomorrow sees the re-convening of bishops in Rome to consider marriage, divorce and sexuality. Last year’s meeting brought bitter disagreements out into the open and the rows have continued to simmer ever since
- Home News
- World News
- Parish Practice
- Letters Extra
- The living Spirit
- Will the synod fathers be surprised by the Spirit? Christopher Lamb in Rome
- Synod must not see family as the problem James Roberts
- The Synod of tough words spoken softly Paul Vallely
How the Church elects a new pope
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, 70
22 February 2013, 9:00
Became an instant hit when Benedict named him president of the Pontifical Council for Culture in 2007. A first-rate biblical scholar who has popularised Scripture studies through Italian television, radio and popular periodicals, he has spearheaded efforts to re-establish the prominent place that the Catholic Church and the Vatican used to occupy in the world of high culture. A kind and affable man - and someone who is 'moderate' ecclesiologically - he lacks global and multicultural experience.