Pope Francis writes that the church must be a ‘field hospital’ for the souls of the world.
Pope Francis' new book provides an insight into the theology and life experiences underpinning his unorthodox approach to the papacy. Does his rhetoric conceal Church doctrine as hardline as ever?
Crowds cheer as Pope Francis arrives at Kololo airstrip in Kampala, Uganda.
Given the conservative stand of the Catholic Church on gays and lesbians, Pope Francis had a wonderful opportunity to extend his message of tolerance to both the religious and social realms.
Pope Francis urged strong action on climate change in his encyclical this year.
The Paris deal will likely fall short of what is needed. So what's Plan B?
An exorcism being performed in Fafe, Portugal.
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The belief in demonic possession – often thought to be a relic of The Dark Ages and the Salem Witch Trials – remains surprisingly mainstream.
A new book detailing yet more financial scandal at the Vatican shows the scale of the clean-up operation facing Pope Francis I.
Pope Francis kisses a baby on his way to his weekly audience in the Vatican.
The recent synod of bishops reinforced the church's teaching that the family is enduringly resilient and adaptable, especially in times of crisis.
Former New York Governor George Pataki: “I think part of the problem is the…way Republicans think about climate change.”
In the last Republican presidential debate, two candidates spoke out on climate change – a sign that the tide is turning away from linking conservative policies with denying climate change.
Pope Francis is consulting widely on the reform of church teaching on the family.
What we know of Australian Catholics and their attitudes to reform of church teaching on sex and family reveals a complex picture.
Meetings in Washington.
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Globalization first became a bedrock of our vocabulary in the 1990s in the aftermath of the Cold War. Proponents of globalization then argued that everything would change – and for the better. There would…
Jesuit astronomers with Chinese scholars in the 18th century.
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As a Jesuit, Pope Francis is part of a long tradition of religious men of science. Will his leadership influence the Catholic Church's stance on contemporary scientific issues?
The Pope in Congress: receptive audience?
Pope Francis has embroiled himself in the partisan politics of the US by taking on important yet hot-button issues that span the political spectrum.
Pope Francis will visit this Philadelphia prison on September 27 2015.
The United States could have a more productive discussion about prison reform, if we admitted the problems with prisons also affect our poorest communities.
Obama and Pope Francis at the White House, September 23 2015.
A pope will address the US Congress for the first time this week, but Catholicism and American politics have long been intermingled.
Now becoming a saint…
The canonization of an 18th century Spanish priest is causing controversy given the suffering of Native Americans in California's missions. But there's a bigger issue at stake here for the church.
They see me rollin’…
Pope Francis's US visit is being trumpeted as exceptional, but the Vatican has been a superpower for decades.
Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are together seeking to mobilise world opinion to change the way we live and produce.
On his first visit to the US, Pope Francis will highlight the challenges of poverty and sustainability. A related issue, he acknowledges, is population. So what does that mean for Catholic teaching?
Getting ready for the pope.
This is going to be the most difficult trip of the Argentinian pontiff so far. Here's why it's worth paying attention to.
The GOP’s problem with Pope Francis is that he may be too conservative.
Republicans' problem with the pope is not that he's too liberal on issues such as capitalism, it's that he's too conservative.
We cannot attribute a particular characteristic, whether positive or negative, to religion as religion does not have the ability to act.
When public policy is being shaped, it is incumbent upon public figures to be better versed in discussions surrounding religion.
A modest car with a message.
The Catholic Church in Latin America is feeling the heat from evangelicals: could the pope's recent trip help bridge the divide?