Pope

Dan Brown’s new target? The creepy Catholic sect with its very own pope and ‘Vatican’

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The truth about the Palmarian Catholic church is stranger than Dan Brown’s fiction

The beginning of the end for Pope Francis

16 April 2016 9:00 am

What the Pope didn’t just say about divorce

Portrait of the week

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, spent time in Brussels before a meeting of the European Council to see what…

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…

Charles Moore’s Notes: the Tories’ adoption of the Living Wage is entirely bogus

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Was there ever a more unilluminating political idea — for voters rather than practitioners — than triangulation? For those readers so…

Portrait of the week

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Home Talha Asmal, aged 17, from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, died in a suicide bomb attack on forces near an oil…

Portrait of the week

24 January 2015 9:00 am

Home More than 1,100 imams and Islamic leaders received a letter from Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, and Lord Ahmad…

Portrait of the week

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, resisted calls for Parliament to be recalled to debate the crisis in Iraq. Philip Hammond,…

Portrait of the week

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, responded to the triumph of the UK Independence Party in the European elections (which…

Sorry — but Pope Francis is no liberal

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Trendy commentators have fallen in love with a pope of their own invention

Portrait of the week

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Home Having recalled Parliament to debate British military action over Syria, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, found the government defeated,…

Letters: How IQ is handed down

3 August 2013 9:00 am

IQ and social mobility Sir: It seems not to have occurred to our leaders that ability is not evenly distributed…

Steerpike

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Westminster’s top amateur prize-fighter, Eric Joyce, may face assault charges after his latest unscheduled bout in the House of Commons.…

Satan is back

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Francis is giving new voice to an unfashionable perception

At last! A tango-dancing pope

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Just a year ago on this page I was writing about Pope Benedict XVI’s elder brother Georg and how, while…

Sex, lies and the next Pope

2 March 2013 9:00 am

The present crop of rumours at the Vatican could furnish a dozen Dan Brown novels

Long life

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Eight years ago I was in Rome for The Spectator to write a piece about the election of a new…

Sins of the fathers

26 March 2011 12:00 am

The papacy is in good shape and looks set to last another 2,000 years, says Paul Johnson; but too few popes in the past have been pious or clement or innocent

I’d rather hear about condoms from the Pope than from the Spice Girls

27 November 2010 12:00 am

My problem with condoms was always a very different confusion from that which apparently afflicts the Pope.