The Catholic Church

Cardinal Bergoglio’s road to the Vatican

The Capuchin friar single-handedly returned a medieval church in Italy’s Appenine mountains to its former glory

“By all means, let the wicked fry in Hell—but why should they find themselves frying alongside innocent and virtuous pagans?”

The memoirs of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor

Richard III’s robe and St Cuthbert’s ring are just two of the treasure of this former Catholic seminary

The voting patterns of religious voters in Britain are more complicated than they first appear. Politicians should stop treating faiths as bloc votes

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, superbly adapted for television, is brilliant because it defies easy definition

Kate Cooper’s pacy tale of heroines, virgins and martyrs recounts the largely unknown role of women in shaping the early Church

Mealy-mouthed and equivocal or just shy? Two new books help us to understand the motives and beliefs of the enigmatic Pope Francis