The New York Times surmises from his pilrimage to the Mid-East that Pope Francis is seeking to reassert the Vatican's ancient role as an arbiter of international diplomacy.
Pope Francis is proving to be one of the most powerful leaders in the world, who understands the power of his position, and knows how to wield it with disarming humility. We should buckle up for the ride, writes TIME magazine.
In a place where religion and politics are an explosive mix, it is a miracle that the Pope's visit went so well. His unscheduled actions caught the imagination of the world. He reminded us that religion should be a force for peace and reconciliation rather than of division and conflict, writes Thomas Reese SJ.
Pope Francis has again conducted a wide-ranging and frank press conference on a plane, outlining his attitude to everything from clerical sex abuse, to the future of the papacy, celibacy for clergy, the status of Jerusalem and more.
Matthew 28:16-20 - 'Remember, I am with you untill the end of the age.'
On the final day of his pilgrimage, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Upper Room - the Cenacle - said to be the site of the Last Supper. Here is text of his homily, delivered in this sacred setting.
With Pope Francis returned to Rome, he has hailed his trip to the Holy Land as a 'great gift to the Church,' while an Israeli journalist has been highy critical of the visit, reports The Irish Times.
Cardinal praises transvestite, Mercy Hospital bombed, Catholics in Mongolia, Sr Helen Prejean, Balkans floods, N. Ireland peace is delicately poised, Canada, English bishops oppose gay marriage.
May 25 will mark 150 years since the death of Fr John Joseph Therry. On the shoulders of this pious, zealous and obstinate Irishman lay the weight of establishing Catholicism in colonial Australia.
Caroline Chisholm Society supports mums, Oceania bishops want change to asylum policy, Ramsay's radiant decency, cranky Christians, Catholic Health, Federal Budget, honouring volunteers.
How committed are we to people who are in real need, such as refugees, the homeless, or families trying to stretch the weekly income to cover food and clothing asks CRA President Sister Annette Cunliffe rsc.
Veteran journalist Harry Potter has died. The Australian media, and NSW police, emergency services and parliamentary representatives were out in force to pay their respects at his requiem Mass at St Mary's Cathedral.
Pope Francis is about to undergo the greatest test of his diplomatic and interpersonal skills. Tomorrow he begins a three day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. No matter what he does and says, he won't please everybody, predicts The Economist.
John 14:15-21 'If you love me you will keep my commandments...'
Many misunderstand the 'Dark Ages' as a lost period for cultural achievement. This BBC 4 documentary re-examines what was in fact a glorious age of art - when pictures and letters 'came together in cosmic adulation.'
This book by Robert Bartlett is a massive work of scholarship on the story of sainthood, based on a dazzling array of primary sources. The name is taken from a question posed by St Augustine, writes Helen Fulton.
Senior football writer for The Age Michael Gleeson explores religion in the AFL and the players who let faith rather than football define who they are.
Sr Helen Merrin OP is a Dominican religious sister and school chaplain who suffers hearing and vision impairment. She is also a blackbelt in Seido Karate.
At his funeral last Friday, the Prime Minister called the late Paul Ramsay 'the most un-Scrooge-like billionaire Australia has ever seen.' The health and media magnate left his billions to charity.