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Pope Francis celebrates Mass with 300 of his Jesuit confreres at the Church of the Gesu in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

How Francis can save the Jesuits

The world’s largest male religious order is suffering an identity crisis and a decline in vocations. Can the first Jesuit pontiff lead it out of the doldrums?

Pope Francis shares a word with Bishop Bruno Forte, Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Bishop Frangiskos Papamanolis (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

What will the Pope say? His friends tell us

Francis has steadily prepared the Church for change. It’s foolish to ignore the signs

'It may be the case that Mr Putin has entered the war in order to guarantee a place at the Peace Conference' (Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Catholics are in desperate need of some moral clarity from the Church

St John Paul II meets then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 2004 (CNS)

A new book offers fascinating insight into the late pontiff from the likes of Benedict XVI and those who knew Karol Wojtyla growing up

Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (AP)

The business of interpreting the Holy Father has become a full-time job for some commentators, and it is hard to see who, apart from them, benefits

A member of the public lays flowers at the Armed Forces Memorial during Armistice Day commemorations at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas (Photo: PA)

Countless Catholics suffered greatly for their faith. Here are nine of the most heroic

A Stock picture of the RTE logo at Bloom, Ireland's largest garden festival (PA)

We must continue to promote the Angelus despite hostility to the Church

A Church of the poor?  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Is the Church rich? It depends

But there is one country where the Church seems to be very wealthy

An artist’s impression of the Romanesque Church of Our Lady of the Rosary

A chunk of Rome lands in the Bible Belt

Why build a Romanesque church in the 21st century? Because it looks Catholic

Michel Houellebecq is the most prominent of the neo-reactionaries
  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Michel Houellebecq and other French intellectuals may herald the end of the Left’s age