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26 July 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
Whether it's listing their “spiritual diseases” or denouncing them for living like princes, throughout his papacy Francis has been tough on any priest or bishop he thinks is clinging on to old privileges and rigid certainties.

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19 July 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
Twelve years ago the soon-to-be Pope Benedict XVI warned that the Church must hold on to the truth in the face of changing fads and fashions. Pope Emeritus Benedict returned to the theme in the message he sent for the funeral last week of his friend, Cardinal Joachim Meisner.

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13 July 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
There was no process, no formal hearing and no appraisal.

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06 July 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
Five new cardinals had just received their red hats and, dressed in their bright scarlet cassocks, were preparing to meet the people inside the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall

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28 June 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
Moments after his election as Pope, Francis stepped out of the Sistine Chapel, through the Sala Regia, and into the Pauline Chapel. A throne had been set up for him but instead he asked the two cardinals accompanying him to sit and pray with him on the back pew.

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22 June 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
With the daunting problems of terrorism, climate change and growing inequality, to whom can a world leader turn to unburden their problems and receive some sage advice? Pope Francis, it seems, has now become one of their first ports of call.

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