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By strengthening the synod of bishops Pope Francis hopes to boost the chances of unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christians

In the minds of many Greeks, the Orthodox Church has become part of an arrogant and self-serving establishment


As the crucial family synod approaches, his critics could prove his greatest allies


Two years ago Benedict XVI became the first Pope Emeritus in the Catholic Church’s history. Thanks to his wisdom and restraint the historic innovation hasn’t led to disaster

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

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

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

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

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

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