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The Pope Emeritus walks through the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica last December (AP)

In these extracts from his new book-length interview, the Pope Emeritus reflects on his ‘guillotine’ election, his achievements as Pope and his tendency to ‘think too much’

Pius XI in 1933: four years later he denounced Nazi tenets in an encyclical (AP)

A new book captures the dilemmas facing three popes who were confronted by Fascism and Communism in the 20th century

Does the papacy need a ruthless manager? (Photo: CNS)

Or should the priority instead be on holiness and authoritative teaching?