• Skullcap worn by Pope Francis up for on-line auction

    Skullcap worn by Pope Francis up for on-line auction

    • Apr 12, 2016

    A skullcap, or zucchetto, worn by Pope Francis in 2014 is currently up for sale by Europe’s fastest-growing online auction house Catawiki, which expects to net around $35,000 and to donate a “large part” of the proceeds to a children’s charity. Swapping zucchettos with a pope, which is how this

  • Anatomy of Pope Francis' latest bombshell

    Anatomy of Pope Francis' latest bombshell

    • Apr 7, 2016

    ROME – Pope Francis’ highly anticipated document on the family will be unveiled on Friday. Called “Amoris Laetitia, on love in the family”, it’s expected to touch on several hot-button issues, including Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. The text, said to be close to 250-pages long and divided

  • How we know a ‘Francis effect’ on Catholicism is real

    How we know a ‘Francis effect’ on Catholicism is real

    • Apr 6, 2016

    No one doubts Pope Francis’ pulling power, whether in St Peter’s Square or on Instagram. But the fact that people want to see and hear Francis doesn’t tell you much about the impact he is having on them, or on the wider Church. To assess the success of a pope,

  • Pope mulling trip to Greek island to support refugees

    Pope mulling trip to Greek island to support refugees

    • Apr 5, 2016

    ROME—Pope Francis is considering a trip to the Greek island of Lesbos on April 15, Vatican officials confirmed in indirect fashion on Tuesday. The pontiff’s aim would be to strengthen his appeals on behalf of migrants arriving in Europe from Africa and the Middle East fleeing war, hunger, and religious-based persecution.

  • How well do you know your popes?

    • Sep 26, 2014

    If you’d like to improve your knowledge of papal trivia, you can consult our pope database. More quizzes: Pope or not? How well do you know your saints? What pilgrimage should you go on?

  • Pope or not?

    • Sep 19, 2014

    Sure, you know that there wasn’t a John Paul III (yet). But can you tell the real popes from the papal bull? To make it a bit easier, we didn’t include any anti-popes. More quizzes on Crux: How well do you know your saints? What pilgrimage should you take? Special