Pope Francis: For a poor, merciful Church

This is the final article in a series looking at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve made on the Church. The series appeared monthly throughout 2018. Popular and controversial, innovative and traditional. Contrasts and contradictions like these have

Benedict XVI: Brilliant humility

Shutterstock This is the 11th in a series looking at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve made on the Church. The series is appearing monthly throughout 2018. When the time comes, obituaries will speak of Pope Benedict XVI

Pope St. John Paul II: Witness to the world

CNS file photo This is the 10th in a series looking at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve made on the Church. The series is appeared monthly throughout 2018. Sometimes it seemed as if Pope St. John Paul

John Paul I: The September pope

This is the ninth in a series looking at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve made on the Church. The series is appearing monthly throughout 2018. When the cardinals gathered to choose a successor to Pope Paul VI,

St. Paul VI: Prophet for the modern world

This is the eighth in a series looking at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve made on the Church. The series appeared monthly throughout 2018. In the 40 years since his death in August 1978, St. Pope Paul

Pope St. John XXIII: Joyful prophet of renewal

This is the seventh in a series looking at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve made on the Church. The series appeared monthly throughout 2018. The story goes that when Cardinal Angelo Roncalli of Venice boarded the train

Pius XII: An age in arms

This is the sixth in a series looking at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve made on the Church. The series appeared¬† monthly throughout 2018. On Aug. 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union stunned the world

Pius XI: Stalwart witness to true order

This is the fifth in a series looking at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve made on the Church. The series appeared¬† monthly throughout 2018. Although he surely didn’t intend it, Joseph Stalin’s cynical question — “How many

Benedict XV: Forgotten pope of peace

This is the fourth in a series looking at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve made on the Church. The series appeared each month throughout 2018. “Are there are any Catholics here?” Given the setting — the Vatican’s

Pope St. Pius X: Fighting a changing culture

This is the third in a series that will look at the Church’s 12 most recent popes and the marks they’ve made on the Church. The series will run in the first issue of each month throughout 2018. Coming to the throne