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Pope Francis has embraced the 
‘environmental evangelical strategy’ [AP]

Pope Francis’s pastoral strategy is to join an effort that has been underway for decades in both Orthodoxy and Anglicanism

Is St John Paul II being sidelined? (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)

Forgetting the unforgettable pope

Here in Kraków, it is impossible to forget this spiritual giant

A man kneels in prayer in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston (AP)

No sanctuary from the slaughter

The massacre in Charleston garnered worldwide attention, yet the phenomenon of sacrilegious violence is global and growing

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Kosevo stadium in Sarajevo (CNS)

Francis’s great political journey

The Pope’s travels have so far been both pastoral and pious

A pilgrim holds a portrait of Archbishop Oscar Romero during beatification (CNS)

The Church has recognised a broad category of martyrs throughout the 20th century

Pope Francis (CNS)

The eco-encyclical won’t commit the Church to unsettled science

Cardinal George (Photo: CNS)

Always the smartest man in the room

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago was one of the clearest thinkers and most direct speakers in the hierarchy of the US Church

Benedict XVI celebrates his 88th birthday with his brother Mgr Georg Ratzinger, right, and fellow Bavarians (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Leading the doubters back home

Benedict XVI helped rescue the scriptures from becoming lifeless history

A banner depicting St John Paul II hanging from the facade of St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

A saint for beleaguered priests

A love for priests was a vital part of St John Paul II’s pontificate

A statue of Archbishop Oscar Romero in San Salvador (CNS)

A blessedly quick beatification

Romero’s case shows how deeply entrenched John Paul’s reforms to saint-making have become