Topic archives: Pope Francis

Will a visit from Pope Francis compel Aung San Suu Kyi to act?

September 19, 2017 2

Suu Kyi needs to find a way to end her galling stasis on the Rohingya. Just maybe, Pope Francis can help her.

The Australian War Memorial shouldn’t be taking money from merchants of death

July 4, 2017 15

Accepting funding from arms manufacturers is not honouring Australia's war dead. It is taking money from those who profit from war, writes former head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet John Menadue.

Pell freezes over

May 23, 2017 6

Cardinal George Pell shaped an entire generation of the Australian Catholic Church. But his influence, and that of priests like him, is waning, as Pope Francis embarks on a radical overhaul of the Vatican and ecclesiastical appointments.

The Battle for the See of Melbourne

May 18, 2017 3

The Australian Church has reflected both egalitarian and authoritarian ideologies in recent times but a change is coming, writes vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.

Papal scorecard: Francis has revolutionised global thinking

March 20, 2017 19

Peope Francis has shown a remarkable ability to create change in the oldest multi-national organisation that teaches the world how to think, writes Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.

The curious case of the red hat that changed Catholic history

The curious case of the red hat that changed Catholic history

February 2, 2017 2

Why does the Pope have such beef with the Knights of Malta? And why is this week's news the continuation of a 450-year feud? Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson explains.

Act II of the divine drama of George Pell

July 28, 2016 6

With forces inside and outside the Vatican conspiring against George Pell, Pope Francis is in a bit of a pickle, writes Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.

Throw them to the (Chinese) lions: how Xi Jinping is waging war on Christians

June 8, 2016 4

China's recent tolerance of organised religion might be drawing to a close.

Mother Teresa was a foul ideologue undeserving of sainthood

March 17, 2016 21

The announcement of Mother Teresa's forthcoming canonisation gives us pause to reflect on how awful she really was.

Quo vadis, George Pell?

March 7, 2016 8

The question that many are now asking is this: Where are you going, Cardinal Pell? Vaticanologist Michael Hewitt-Gleeson explores four options and makes his predictions.

Climate denier Ian Plimer takes on the people’s Pope

November 24, 2015 15

Goodness gracious, Pope Francis thinks that stopping carbon emissions will help the poor, when everyone knows only coal and the free market will do that.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

September 25, 2015 8

The F35 is really quite terrible. Even worse than you'd thought ... Agriculture and Water, too hard ... role out the Pope Welcome Wagon ...

Media briefs: refugee-hater to the <em>Mail</em> … meet Zoe … prayer and passion …

Media briefs: refugee-hater to the Mail … meet Zoe … prayer and passion …

September 25, 2015 1

The Pope touches down in Washington, D.C. And other media tidbits of the day.

Church lets loose at its least favourite Abbott

Church lets loose at its least favourite Abbott

July 27, 2015 4

The Jesuit head of the Asia-Pacific region has slammed Tony Abbott's refugee policy, and the big man himself has taken a position very contrary to Abbott's on the environment.

Rundle: what Paul Kelly doesn’t get about Marxism (or the Catholic Church)

Rundle: what Paul Kelly doesn’t get about Marxism (or the Catholic Church)

June 26, 2015 12

No, Paul Kelly, the Catholic Church is not actually an institution that worships at the altar of the free market.

A brief history of death-defying popes

A brief history of death-defying popes

January 15, 2015

As Pope Francis tours his way through Asia, we take a look back at some of his predecessors' hairiest encounters abroad.

The 2014 Crikeys: Person of the Year

The 2014 Crikeys: Person of the Year

December 17, 2014 9

From Rosie Batty to Peter Greste, many people have inspired us this year. Vote for your Crikey Person of the Year 2014.

The beatification of Pope Francis more misleading headlines than intelligent design

The beatification of Pope Francis more misleading headlines than intelligent design

October 29, 2014 6

The People's Pope has struck a blow against the hoary old Church, standing up for evolution and the Big Bang Theory. What a radical, right? Well, not exactly ...

Pope Francis must tread carefully in China, as Asia beckons

Pope Francis must tread carefully in China, as Asia beckons

August 12, 2014 1

Pope Francis has been busy since his papacy kicked off early last year, fixing core business and now focussing on a growth strategy through Asia, writes freelance journalist Michael Sainsbury.

iSentia index: Popes, PUP and that infamous wink

iSentia index: Popes, PUP and that infamous wink

May 28, 2014 1

Budget woes were basically forgotten following the PM's ABC Radio wink.