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Pope Francis’s traditionalists

John Paul II couldn’t strike a deal that satisfied the SSPX. Nor could Benedict. Enter the unlikeliest of bridge-builders

My Vatican journey

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Holy See diplomacy has achieved impressive results in supporting peace efforts worldwide. As Britain’s ambassador, I hope to help build on that work

The great songwriter’s lyrics are indebted to Catholicism

Meeting the Christians of Aleppo

The number of faithful in Syria’s ancient city has fallen from 250,000 to 30,000. Now the war is over, how many of those can be persuaded to stay?

What I saw in the megachurches

American Evangelical churches pack in more than 2,000 worshippers every week. Our parishes have much to learn from them

Secularism, the new ancien régime

Espousing Catholicism used to be fatal to a French politician’s chances. The arrival of François Fillon shows how much the nation has changed

The US president is likely to get an earful, but on one topic he might receive a word of thanks

The Maltese furore

Two very unlikely bishops have issued the most permissive guidelines yet on Amoris Laetitia. No wonder many Catholics are up in arms

The country has become a bastion of doctrinal traditionalism. Its traumatic history may be part of the explanation

What I learned on the Women’s March

Stuart Reid joins ‘jolly middle-class women’ on the Trump demo