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The New York priest and author tells Francis Phillips about his biggest influences, cultural retreat, and Lenten exercises

The retired pope had hoped to stay in the papacy until 2014, according to Mgr Georg Gaenswein

A new door opens

Mercy is absolutely at the heart of the Catholic faith, both doctrine and practice

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His Holiness would do well to listen and learn from the African Church, whose religious experience is arguably more authentic than that of the West

If Catholic blogging is limited to Vatican politics and the personality of the Pope then it will run out of steam.