Pope Francis

Portrait of the week

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Home Launching the Conservative party manifesto, David Cameron, the party leader, told voters he wanted to ‘turn the good news…

Scotland knows the power of a common enemy. We English don’t

18 April 2015 9:00 am

When last Sunday Pope Francis took the brave step of acknowledging the Armenian tragedy as the ‘first genocide of the…

Why Pope Francis could be facing a Catholic schism

11 April 2015 9:00 am

It’s not just Vatican infighting any more. Pope Francis has a potential schism on his hands

Let there be light: Saint Peter’s at dawn

Rise early to see the Vatican at its best

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The sun has only just risen in Rome and we are standing bleary-eyed in a short queue outside the Vatican.…

The benefits of breeding like a rabbit

31 January 2015 9:00 am

Why I’m glad to have five children, with a sixth on the way

Charles Moore's notes: A matched pair of popes, and a patronising judge

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Pope Francis is favourably compared to Pope Benedict in the media. I hope it is not being slavishly papist to…

Spectator letters: Why we should subsidise weddings

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Let’s subsidise weddings Sir: Fraser Nelson (‘Marrying money’, 15 November) points out that marriages tend to last longer than cohabitations and…

Watch out Pope Francis: the Catholic civil war has begun

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Uncertainty over how much reform Pope Francis wants is splitting his church into factions

Portrait of the week

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, writing of the Islamic State in northern Iraq, said: ‘If we do not act…

Revealed: The Pope's war with the Vatican

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Francis really is determined to reform his church: but his targets are not the ones that liberals might expect

‘Ashtray’ Annie Fischer was a piano giant. Why didn’t more people realise this?

23 August 2014 9:00 am

This year marks the centenary of a pianist whom London orchestral players nicknamed ‘Ashtray Annie’. Only at the keyboard did…

In the mood for Parsifal, my Passiontide fare

19 April 2014 9:00 am

This week, I have been mostly listening to Parsifal. Not the St Matthew Passion, which is my usual Passiontide fare.…

Compassion is fashionable again. Thank the Pope

12 April 2014 9:00 am

There was something poignant about the decision of L’Wren Scott, Mick Jagger’s American girlfriend, who committed suicide in New York…

Spectator letters: On the Pope, Jesus and Mandy Rice-Davies

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Papal blessing Sir: In his excellent article on Pope Francis (‘Pope idol’, 11 January), Luke Coppen mentions the satirical rumour…

Alexander Chancellor: What Pope Francis and Silvio Berlusconi have in common

23 November 2013 9:00 am

It’s filthy wet weather in Tuscany, so I’m lying on my bed in the afternoon reading through the Italian newspapers.…

Why G.K. Chesterton shouldn’t be made a saint

24 August 2013 9:00 am

G.K. Chesterton was a great journalist, not an angel

Romans always love a Vatican scandal. But what if this time they're right?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

The people of Rome have always liked to believe the worst of their bishop. When I was a correspondent in…

God Squad

The new God squad: what Archbishop Welby and Pope Francis have in common

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Evangelicals have taken charge in the Vatican and Lambeth Palace