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Bishops leave St. Peter's Basilica after a meeting of the Second Vatican Council in 1962 (CNS photo/Catholic Press Photo)

Vatican II was intended as a call to unity and evangelism, but its legacy has been an escalation of intra-Catholic wars. It is time to embrace John XXIII’s original vision

Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi, author of Avarice (AP)

Two journalists and a monsignor among those charged after leaks lead to accusations of financial malpractice in the Vatican

Investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Books by Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi claim to reveal financial mismanagement by the Vatican hierarchy

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

Cardinal Roger Etchegaray (AP)

Cardinal Roger Etchegaray fell while greeting Pope Francis at the end of Mass on Sunday

Benedict XVI (CNS)

The pectoral cross was stolen from the home of the US bishop on Saturday

Cardinal Bernardin

Catholic Leftists on the march

For good reason, commentators on the Catholic Left could hardly contain their excitement at the papal visit

Benedict XVI arriving at Edinburgh Airport in September 2010 (CNS)

We republish the following blog, originally published on September 20, 2010, to mark the fifth anniversary of Benedict’s papal visit to Britain

Benedict XVI (CNS)

Benedict XVI focused his homily on the importance of finding ‘truth, love and goodness’ in God

Michel Houellebecq suggests most European Christians will become Muslims (PA)

The French novelist’s vision chimes, in some ways, with Benedict XVI’s analysis of individualism and consumerism