Catholic church

  • 29 Dec 2013

    Pope Francis: revolutionary shepherd for a secular age?

    If the Vatican under Pope Francis can recommit itself to helping the poor, while becoming more forgiving, then the Catholic church will have been rescued by a revolutionary with a message of simplicity and inclusivity.

  • 14 Mar 2013

    Papal shot in the arm for the political classes

    Could Pope Francis be the global leader to challenge our comfort by highlighting the inequalities that exist in the world?

  • 14 Mar 2013

    The wait is over, but who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio and as Pope Francis does he have the ability to connect with Catholics around the world?

  • 11 Feb 2013

    The Pope's resigned, so?

    It’s probably the most innovative thing he’s done as Pope. Something no other Pope has done in over six hundred years – resign.

  • 26 Apr 2010

    More complications ahead of the Pope's visit

    Jon Snow blogs on the issues surrounding the Pope’s planned visit to the UK

  • 29 Mar 2010

    What reception will the Pope receive in Britain?

    Three times I have stood in St Peter’s Square and heard a red clad cardinal declare “Habemus Papam” – “we have a Pope” – thus concluding the secret conclave that elects the successor to whichever dead one has just past.

  • 3 Feb 2010

    The Pope, the Equality Bill and unholy laws

    Equality laws should protect the people, not our religious institutions, blogs Jon Snow.

  • 27 Mar 2009

    A Mad Hatter rule that flouts human rights

    I awaken to the amazing reminder from my radio that Britain still bans the heir to the throne from marrying a Catholic. I turn over in bed to check the calendar. Yes, it really is 2009. Evan Harris MP will try to change the law in parliament today. He will almost certainly fail. What does…

  • 23 Mar 2009

    I confess: I failed to put a cap on things

    I’m very struck by the response to the condom debate sparked by our interview following the Pope’s comments last week. More than 50 comments, and an interesting spread. I have I suppose what the Catholic church would call a “confession” to make. I did not handle it well. One must be honest about these things.

  • 18 Mar 2009

    Condoms and Aids

    Several readers of this blog have commented on my interview in last night’s programme on the back of Lindsey Hilsum’s report on the Pope’s trip to Africa. En route to Cameroon, Pope Benedict remarked that condoms were not a solution to the spread of Aids but part of the problem. After the piece, I spoke…