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Pell freezes over

Pell freezes over

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 curious case of the red hat that changed Catholic history

The curious case of the red hat that changed Catholic history

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.

Pell to the rescue as Vatican contemplates reform

Pell to the rescue as Vatican contemplates reform

George Pell might not have a strong record in common sense, but distance from Rome might help him bring a fresh perspective to the Vatican's intractable problems, writes Charles Richardson.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Super junket paving the way for Abbott ... dobbing on "Mr Family Values" ... yes we Vati-can ...

Pope Francis: an authentic moral leader for our times?

Pope Francis: an authentic moral leader for our times?

Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been named Pope Francis. Catholics around the world will unite behind a man of authenticity, writes long-time Vatican watcher Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.

A Catholic prays: may Pope Francis live up to his name

A Catholic prays: may Pope Francis live up to his name

Pope Francis will bring to the Papacy a rich heritage of openness, of willingness to walk alongside, of reflection and action in the world. At least that's what one Catholic prays.

Is the Pope a dope? Benedict’s gaffes up in (white) smoke

Is the Pope a dope? Benedict’s gaffes up in (white) smoke

Benedict XVI leaves a series of mistakes and gaffes in his wake, writes Rome-based Australian journalist Desmond O'Grady, and it will be up to the new pope to achieve the reforms he failed to carry out.

Inside the Vatican, <em>West Wing</em> meets <em>The Da Vinci</em> code

Inside the Vatican, West Wing meets The Da Vinci code

Pope Benedict's resignation is about much more than declining health. This is a Machiavellian power struggle more riveting than any soap opera, writes Vatican watcher Michael Hewitt-Gleeson.

Vatileaks scandal: more to come with the W and Y factors

Vatileaks scandal: more to come with the W and Y factors

The so-called Vatileaks scandal revealed about the internal political divisions within the Vatican and its external relations with the Italian government has shaken the institution to its core, writes Josephine McKenna.

Scope for Pope to rope a dope after Vatican security leak

Scope for Pope to rope a dope after Vatican security leak

It has all the trademarks of a great medieval mystery, a classic whodunit with even a butler at the centre of the scandal, writes Josephine McKenna, an Australian freelance journalist in Rome.