Pope Francis

If there’s a problem in the Vatican, it’s not Pope Francis

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Pope Francis’s mission Sir: Despite Damian Thompson’s intimations (‘The plot against the Pope’, 11 March), Pope Francis is going nowhere…

The plot against the Pope

11 March 2017 9:00 am

It is no secret in Rome that several cardinals want Francis to step down

What makes a university a university?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

What is a university? Sir: As a former Russell Group vice chancellor, I think that Toby Young’s appeal for more universities…

Why more and more priests can’t stand Pope Francis

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Questions are increasingly being asked about the Pope’s judgment and state of mind

What goes on in a pope’s bedroom

5 November 2016 9:00 am

For almost 400 years, since it was built on the orders of Pope Urban VIII in the 17th century, the…

Let’s vote ‘in’ to renew the EU, says Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

7 May 2016 9:00 am

There is more to the idea of Europe than narrow economic considerations. The Remain side needs to say so

The beginning of the end for Pope Francis

16 April 2016 9:00 am

What the Pope didn’t just say about divorce

A film that dares to suggest that paedophile priests may be capable of holiness

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Damian Thompson admires a Chilean film about paedophile priests which, unlike Spotlight, dares to explore social and psychological complexities

Pope vs church - the anatomy of a Catholic civil war

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Francis’s haphazard reforms risk sparking a Catholic civil war

This year, Catholic conservatives are ready for Pope Francis

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Where will Francis's Synod on the Family take the Church?

The people who really need the Pope's help

26 September 2015 8:00 am

On Tuesday, Pope Francis set foot in the United States for the first time in his life. His plane touched…

Portrait of the week

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Home In his Budget, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, slowed the planned rate of bringing in £12 billion…

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is greeted by Pope Francis during the Ordinary Public Consistory at St. Peter's Basilica in February (Photo: Franco Origlia/Getty)

Benedict XVI leaves Rome to deliver a coded message to his supporters

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Quietly, discreetly, the Pope Emeritus is offering a different vision to that of Pope Francis

Charles Moore’s notes: Grexit isn’t like Brexit (and that’s why it won’t be allowed to happen)

27 June 2015 9:00 am

People write about ‘Grexit’ and ‘Brexit’ as if they were the same, but they need not be. Grexit is about…

In being suckered into climate alarmism, the Pope risks backing policies that hurt the world's poor

20 June 2015 9:00 am

In his latest encyclical Pope Francis will apparently describe global warming as a ‘major threat to life on the planet’.…

My part in a masterpiece of political correctness

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry, James Delingpole: all winners of major art prizes. I was awarded mine last week by Anglia…

Portrait of the week

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Home Launching the Conservative party manifesto, David Cameron, the party leader, told voters he wanted to ‘turn the good news…

Scotland knows the power of a common enemy. We English don’t

18 April 2015 9:00 am

When last Sunday Pope Francis took the brave step of acknowledging the Armenian tragedy as the ‘first genocide of the…

Why Pope Francis could be facing a Catholic schism

11 April 2015 9:00 am

It’s not just Vatican infighting any more. Pope Francis has a potential schism on his hands

Let there be light: Saint Peter’s at dawn

Rise early to see the Vatican at its best

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The sun has only just risen in Rome and we are standing bleary-eyed in a short queue outside the Vatican.…

The benefits of breeding like a rabbit

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Why I’m glad to have five children, with a sixth on the way

Charles Moore's notes: A matched pair of popes, and a patronising judge

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Pope Francis is favourably compared to Pope Benedict in the media. I hope it is not being slavishly papist to…

Spectator letters: Why we should subsidise weddings

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Let’s subsidise weddings Sir: Fraser Nelson (‘Marrying money’, 15 November) points out that marriages tend to last longer than cohabitations and…

Watch out Pope Francis: the Catholic civil war has begun

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Uncertainty over how much reform Pope Francis wants is splitting his church into factions

Portrait of the week

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, writing of the Islamic State in northern Iraq, said: ‘If we do not act…