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Archbishop Paul Gallagher in our Christian Adams cartoon

The first Briton to serve as Vatican ‘foreign minister’ is a remarkable personality

Pope Francis arrives for a week-long Lenten retreat with members of the Roman Curia in Ariccia, near Rome (Photo: CNS)

The rolling of heads is hardly a de-Ratzingerisation, but it does suggest an adjustment to the line taken by Benedict XVI and St John Paul II

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and  Vladimir Putin attend celebrations marking the 700th anniversary of St Sergius of Radonezh earlier this month

Francis’s ‘who am I to judge?’ line may have cooled the ecumenical ardour of the Russian Orthodox hierarchy

Patriarch Kirill doesn’t want large sections of his flock looking westwards

The Russian Orthodox Church cannot afford to alienate Ukrainians as it bids for primacy within the Orthodox world

Pope Francis making his first annual address to the members of the Roman Curia in December (CNS)

Despite establishing the super cardinals, so far the Pope has overseen only piecemeal reforms

'Much of the excitement in the press derives from the conviction that Francis is a Pope of change'

In 2014 the Pope must play his role as teacher of the faith with clarity and courage

Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI at the Vatican in May (CNS)

Let’s stop falsely comparing the Pope with his predecessor

Copies of Pope Francis's new encyclical at the Vatican (AP)

Francis has shown his humility in completing an encyclical largely written by Benedict XVI

Pope Francis greets crowd in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Some of the best-informed Italian journalists noticed the emergence of Cardinal Bergoglio

Pope Francis greets parishioners outside Sant'Anna church (CNS)

He must remind us that faction and partisanship are the enemies of truth as well as charity