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St Francis de Sales wrote with clarity about the extraordinary power of an apparently basic gesture

The trip showed Francis’s remarkable persuasiveness is rooted in a gift for friendship

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Reports of rising levels of prejudice may just reflect over-diagnosis

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

The Holy Father understands symbolism, and will realise the pressure he has put on Israel

Tears and cheers as Pope Francis arrives by helicopter in Tel Aviv

A new church in Magdala pays tribute to the ‘eternal dignity of women’

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Blessed Franz, whose feast day was this week, reminds us that the exercise of conscience makes us human