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St Peter Freed by an Angel (1639) by Spanish Tenebrist painter Jusepe de Ribera

An American author makes an admirable attempt to shed light on a confusing period in papal history

Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu in the BBC's new series The Musketeers

The cardinal wasn’t a saint but he doesn’t deserve to be vilified

Abraham Lincoln: a supposed target of the Jesuits

The Society of Jesus has inspired some of the most bizarre conspiracy theories you will ever read

Pope Francis  salutes the faithful in St Peter's Square (Photo: PA)

Three new books about Pope Francis show that the new Pontiff believes we are engaged in a daily battle with the Devil

The Archbishop of Canterbury strikes the West Door of Canterbury Cathedral

The ecumenical process will be enlivened by the Pontiff and archbishop having some spirited rows