Catholic Herald logo
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

Investigative journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi, holds a copy of Avarice, his book exposing Vatican scandals (AP)

The debate about press freedom is a distraction from the real scandal

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Sunday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/11/15

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

Pope Francis (AP)

In a letter to Cardinal Parolin, Francis said until a new apostolic constitution is created established rules still apply

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy (CNS)

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

Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, who died on Saturday (CNS)

Italian Cardinal Biffi dies at 87

Pope Francis said the cardinal guided his flock with ‘zeal and wisdom’

Friend or foe? Pope Francis greets Cardinal Raymond Burke in the Clementine Hall (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

As the crucial family synod approaches, his critics could prove his greatest allies

Cardinal Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass at St Peter's Basilica (CNS/Angelo Carconi, EPA)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 27/05/15

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

19 priests lie on the ground during an ordination ceremony in Rome on Sunday  (Giorgio Onorati/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Francise warned priests not to be like ‘peacocks’, but there’s nothing wrong with them taking pride in their appearance

Pope Francis talks to Cardinal Seán O'Malley as they arrive for a meeting at the Vatican in February (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Advisers put episcopal accountability ‘on the table’ during latest meeting with Francis