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

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

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Cardinal Müller’s balancing act

The Vatican doctrinal chief may be a hard taskmaster, but he has an instinct for finding common ground. Can he heal the Church’s divisions?

The Jewish scholar whose work was admired by Pope Benedict has died at his home in New York

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors will feel even more frustrated following the Pope’s comments yesterday

The Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica will be opened on Tuesday morning

It is time to invoke the prayers of Saint Therese of Lisieux and Saint Martin of Tours for world peace

The ‘silent’ Pope Benedict has ways of being heard; and he is still being listened to

Benedict XVI helped rescue the scriptures from becoming lifeless history