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Cardinal Sarah of Guinea: strong, wise and confidently Catholic (Photo: AP)

Cardinal Robert Sarah has the quiet authority to stand up to Western ideology

Pope Francis washes the foot of a prison inmate during Holy Thursday Mass in 2013 (CNS)

The Holy Father broke convention in 2013 when he washed women prisoners’ feet

Benedict XVI hugs Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica last month (Photo: AP)

Is Francis really against Benedict?

Cardinal Danneels, on the one hand, and Cardinal Sarah on the other – the two tell very different tales

Cardinal Marx addresses the Pope during the German bishops’ ad limina visit (CNS)

Why popes don’t always get what they want

The friends of Francis are urging him to take a revolutionary step after the synod. But there are good reasons why he might reject their advice

Missionaries of Charity pray beside the tomb of Mother Teresa (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/11/15

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

Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of the family synod (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 27

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Synod fathers pray at the start of a morning session of the family synod (AP)

Letters from the Synod: October 7, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Cardinal Nichols at the Red Mass at Westminster Cathedral (Diocese of Westminster Flickr photostream)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 02/10/15

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

Pope Francis greets well-wishers in Washington DC yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/09/15

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

Pope Francis talks with Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia (Photo: CNS)

Estimate made by organisers of the World Meeting of Families