'He is so unpredictable and because he's for the people, there is even greater hope'
- Pope Francis is seen as a 'liberal' custodian of the Holy See
- But as this sampling shows, not all of the Vatican's popes have been quite as righteous
First US visit focuses attention on Philadelphia's murky history of Church cover-ups
It’s not just a question of making sure that the pontiff has clean sheets. He requires a mattress customised to meet his specific nocturnal requirements – and it may be used for one night only. Steve Hendrix reports on the eve of his trip to America
Just over half of the schools also say they have found it difficult to recruit governors with suitable skills
The pontiff also said new technology can be used to build bridges between different cultures and religions
Critics claim circumstances of the revelations could be 'damage control'
Pope Benedict XVI defrocked child-molesting priests at a rate of more than one every two days in his last years of office, the Vatican has revealed.
The Pope described abortion as part of modern ‘throwaway culture’ which has grown to encompass human beings themselves
Police found body of 39-year-old Irishman had suffered 'dozens' of stab wounds and had a section of lung missing
Arts Theatre, London
Pope Francis said the 32 babies he was baptising were "the most important people" in the chapel
The unusually subdued and non-partisan mood that came over MPs during Wednesday's Prime Minister's Questions was partly attributable to the shock caused by the early death of the conscientious and popular Labour MP, Paul Goggins. "He was a kind, brilliant man who believed profoundly in public service," David Cameron told the House, while Ed Miliband described him as "someone of the deepest principle."
The former firebrand was looked back on his 60-year career in politics during a series of interviews with the BBC
The head of the Church makes a simple point: Modern society is putty in the hands of the wealthy