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.