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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.