Pope Francis

Cardinal George Pell walks free after convictions overturned
gettyimages-953556540_cropped.jpg
In Depth

Cardinal George Pell walks free after convictions overturned

Former Vatican treasurer was serving a six-year sentence for child sex abuse
7 Apr 2020
Instant Opinion: Boris ‘playing hardball’ in Brussels
Boris Johnson
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Boris ‘playing hardball’ in Brussels

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 3 March
3 Mar 2020
The meaning of Lent - and ten popular things to give up
Coffee
In Depth

The meaning of Lent - and ten popular things to give up

From coffee to complaining, Lent offers a unique opportunity to give up our vices
24 Feb 2020
Pope Francis steps back from allowing married priests
Pope Francis
In Depth

Pope Francis steps back from allowing married priests

Progressives hoped the pontiff would make an exception to the 1,000-year-old tradition in the Amazon region
13 Feb 2020
Instant Opinion: Isis is ‘very happy’ amid chaos in Iraq
Iraqi forces, ISIS flag
In Depth

Instant Opinion: Isis is ‘very happy’ amid chaos in Iraq

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 14 January
14 Jan 2020
Retired Pope Benedict warns against relaxing celibacy rules
Popebenedict
In Brief

Retired Pope Benedict warns against relaxing celibacy rules

Benedict says he ‘cannot keep silent’ on the issue in new book
14 Jan 2020
Pope Francis lifts ‘pontifical secret’ rule in abuse cases
gettyimages-485512689.jpg
In Brief

Pope Francis lifts ‘pontifical secret’ rule in abuse cases

Sex abuse cases will no longer be held in secret as Church wrestles with the issue
18 Dec 2019

An open mind on the issues that matter

The Week magazine is simple and clever. Subscribe today and your first 6 issues are completely free.
Is the Vatican facing a cash crisis?
vatican.jpg
In Depth

Is the Vatican facing a cash crisis?

Sex scandals and poor management hit papal coffers, claims new book
21 Oct 2019
What world leaders think of Donald Trump
Dalai Lama
In Depth

What world leaders think of Donald Trump

Dalai Lama says US president suffers from ‘lack of moral principle’
27 Jun 2019
Five things the Vatican says about gender
vatican, pope, Rome
In Depth

Five things the Vatican says about gender

Catholic Church disappoints liberal followers with new ‘Male and Female He Created Them’ treatise
11 Jun 2019
Pope Francis: Lionel Messi is great, but he’s not God
Barcelona and Argentina star striker Lionel Messi celebrates a goal in La Liga
In Brief

Pope Francis: Lionel Messi is great, but he’s not God

The Pontiff warns fans against comparing the Barcelona striker with God
2 Apr 2019
Can the Catholic Church find redemption?
Pope Francis
In Brief

Can the Catholic Church find redemption?

100 senior bishops meet this week to address clerical sexual abuse, ‘the most serious crisis since the Reformation’
19 Feb 2019
Two Cardinals demoted by Pope amid sex abuse scandals
Pope Francis greets Cardinal George Pell at the Vatican
In Brief

Two Cardinals demoted by Pope amid sex abuse scandals

George Pell and Francisco Ossa removed from Pope Francis’s inner circle
13 Dec 2018
Vatican says Pope considering visit to North Korea
Moon Jae In, Kim Jong Un, Pope Francis, North Korea South Korea
In Depth

Vatican says Pope considering visit to North Korea

Accepting Kim Jong Un’s invitation would ‘legitimise’ oppressive regime, warn analysts
19 Oct 2018
Plot to oust Pope Francis exposes rifts within the Church
Pope Francis during his recent visit to Ireland
In Brief

Plot to oust Pope Francis exposes rifts within the Church

Archbishop breaks cover and calls for pontiff to resign as ideological battle lines are drawn
29 Aug 2018
Pope Francis set for hostile reception in Ireland
Pope Francis greets adoring crowds in Italy
In Brief

Pope Francis set for hostile reception in Ireland

Pontiff to touch down in radically changed Catholic country amid sexual abuse ‘perfect storm’
24 Aug 2018
Catholic abuse scandal threatens Pope Francis’ legacy
Pope Francis
In Brief

Catholic abuse scandal threatens Pope Francis’ legacy

Clerical cover-up presents ‘crucial test’ for papacy following earlier failures
21 Aug 2018
Pope Francis calls for end to death penalty
Pope Francis
In Depth

Pope Francis calls for end to death penalty

Shift in Catholic teaching could have a global impact
3 Aug 2018
Pope’s Lamborghini Huracan sells for £630,000 at auction
In Depth

Pope’s Lamborghini Huracan sells for £630,000 at auction

Proceeds of the one-off supercar signed by pontiff will go to charity
15 May 2018
Pope Francis announces visit to Ireland in August
Pope Francis
In Brief

Pope Francis announces visit to Ireland in August

Pontiff to bypass Northern Ireland during first papal trip to the island in nearly 40 years
21 Mar 2018
VIDEO: Pope halts Popemobile to aid injured policewoman
Pope halts parade in Chile
In Depth

VIDEO: Pope halts Popemobile to aid injured policewoman

Pontiff leaves motorcade to check on officer who was thrown from her horse
19 Jan 2018
Pope Francis wants change to Lord’s Prayer
Pope Francis
In Brief

Pope Francis wants change to Lord’s Prayer

Pontiff says current version is a mistranslation as God does not lead humans to sin
8 Dec 2017
Pope Francis and Suu Kyi avoid Rohingya crisis discussion
 Pope Francis (L) speaks with Myanmars civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) during their meeting in Naypyidaw on November 28,
In Brief

Pope Francis and Suu Kyi avoid Rohingya crisis discussion

Pontiff skirts issue of persecuted Muslim minority amid fears for Myanmar’s Catholic community
28 Nov 2017
Pope Francis begins risky Myanmar peace mission
pope_fracis_in_myanmar.jpg
In Brief

Pope Francis begins risky Myanmar peace mission

Pontiff warned not to even say the word “Rohingya”
27 Nov 2017
Pope raises prospect of married priests
Pope Francis attends a meeting with the Executive Committee of the Latin American Episcopal Council
In Brief

Pope raises prospect of married priests

Brazilian trial could effectively end priestly celibacy in the Catholic church
2 Nov 2017
Pope and astronauts ponder humanity’s place in the universe
Pope Francis on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica
In Brief

Pope and astronauts ponder humanity’s place in the universe

Pope Francis asks spacemen about life, love and the view of Earth from the stars
27 Oct 2017
Charlie's Army: The people fighting for Charlie Gard
Charlie Gard campaigners
In Depth

Charlie's Army: The people fighting for Charlie Gard

They say they're helping a terminally ill baby, but critics argue campaigners have other interests
26 Jul 2017
Pope opens new path to sainthood
Pope Francis
In Brief

Pope opens new path to sainthood

Pope Francis adds fourth path to beatification for those who risk their lives in a heroic act of loving service to others
12 Jul 2017
Fake news: Seven bizarre stories that went viral
170131fakenews.jpg
In Depth

Fake news: Seven bizarre stories that went viral

From Pizzagate to Brexit, these are some of the biggest whoppers circulating online
31 Jan 2017
Pope Francis empowers priests to forgive abortion
Pope Francis
In Brief

Pope Francis empowers priests to forgive abortion

Terminating a pregnancy is a 'grave sin' but not an unforgivable one, Pontiff says
22 Nov 2016
Top ten viral videos 2015
British Prime Minister David Cameron talks to the media at the end of a European Union Summit held at the EU Council building in Brussels on March 20, 2015.AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER(Photo
In Depth

Top ten viral videos 2015

From a ravenous rodent to Ronnie Pickering, the best viral videos of 2015 reached new heights
29 Dec 2015
Nobel Peace Prize goes to Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet
151007-lead-pic-nobel.jpg
In Depth

Nobel Peace Prize goes to Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet

Democracy group is the surprise winner, beating out firm favourites Angela Merkel and Pope Francis
9 Oct 2015
Pope Francis in the US and Cuba – five highlights
Pope Francis and Barack Obama
In Brief

Pope Francis in the US and Cuba – five highlights

Pontiff's week-long tour has included a warning on climate change and a meeting with a young devotee
24 Sep 2015
CHRISTMAS 2014: World leaders' messages
Pope Francis
In Depth

CHRISTMAS 2014: World leaders' messages

Pope Francis launches 'blistering attack' on Vatican bureaucrats, while others honour victims of disaster
24 Dec 2014