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Power changes hands in the Vatican

Benedict XVI has become the first pope to voluntarily resign in 700 years. The press discusses what this means for the Church, and who will replace the traditionalist Benedict: a younger pope, a more modern one, or perhaps a non-European?

Main focus of Friday, 13. March 2015

Two years of Pope Francis

Pope Francis's modest lifestyle and criticism of the workings of the Catholic Church have garnered him a lot of praise since he took office two ... » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Friday, 15. March 2013

Francis is a promise to the poor

With its new Pope Francis, the Church has arrived in the globalised world, the left-leaning daily taz writes optimistically: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 15. March 2013

Jesuits will keep new pope in touch

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was elected pope on Wednesday evening, is the first Jesuit to head the Holy See. His order will prevent him from sealing himself off as his predecessor did, the left-liberal daily Der Standard hopes: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 14. March 2013

A new pope from the New World

The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the new leader of the Catholic Church after the conclave elected him as Benedict XVI's successor ... » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 12. March 2013

Media love Catholic pomp

The conclave that will elect the successor to Pope Benedict XVI convenes today, Tuesday, in the Vatican. If the election of the new pope dominates the headlines, it's got less to do with the media's piety than with its fascination with Catholic pomp, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung writes: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 28. February 2013

Farewell to Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI bid farewell to believers in his last general audience on Wednesday before stepping down today. Some commentators observe that Benedict has left ... » more

El País - Spain | Thursday, 28. February 2013

An energetic final spurt for the Pope

During his last days in office the Pope has worked even harder than usual, the left-liberal daily El País notes: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 28. February 2013

Successor must redefine papal office

Neither Benedict VXI nor his predecessor have provided adequate answers to the question of the future of the Church or the ecumenical movement in the eyes of the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 28. February 2013

A difficult legacy in a world without faith

In his last general audience attended by more than 100,000 people, Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed his belief in the power of the Church. But this unshakeable faith at the same time poses a major dilemma for Catholicism, church historian Alberto Melloni writes in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Thursday, 28. February 2013

Many challenges for new pope to tackle

During both Pope Benedict XVI's papacy and that of his predecessor the Church has failed to react to new challenges, which leaves the next pope facing some major tasks, the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes comments: » more

Die Furche - Austria | Friday, 22. February 2013

Church must distance itself from absolutism

After the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, many media have disappointmently concluded that the Catholic Church is becoming more secularised. This is misleading, the Christian weekly paper Die Furche writes, because in the Church, as in secular life, absolute monarchy no longer has a place: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Thursday, 21. February 2013

Benedict doesn't trust the Curia

Pope Benedict XVI is considering bringing forward the conclave to elect the next pope, according to spokesman for the Vatican Federico Lombardi. The announcement made on Wednesday is further proof that Benedict's fear of a power struggle in the Curia was the true reason for his resignation, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino writes: » more

Gość Niedzielny - Poland | Thursday, 14. February 2013

Chruch still needs strong pope

Benedict XVI celebrated public mass as pope for what was probably the last time on Wednesday. His early resignation could set a precedent that puts his successors under pressure to no longer hold the office for life, the national-religious news portal Gość Niedzielny fears: » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Wednesday, 13. February 2013

God not poised to make a comeback

A new pope will do nothing to change the fact that traditional faith is on the wane in Western Europe, moral philosopher Patrick Loobuyck writes in the liberal daily De Standaard with an eye to Pope Benedict XVI's resignation speech: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 12. February 2013

German traditionalist makes a modern departure

Benedict XVI's decision to end his papacy is testimony to his solid German rationality, the liberal daily Sme notes approvingly: » more

Bild - Germany | Tuesday, 12. February 2013

Pope shows human side

The tabloid Bild, which published what must be Germany's most famous headline "We're Pope!" at the start of Benedict XVI's papacy, now writes "We're Human": » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Tuesday, 12. February 2013

The intellectual shepherd has failed

Pope Benedict XVI has failed as the preserver of Church tradition, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant writes, hoping for a more modern successor: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Monday, 11. February 2013

Benedict countered evil in Church

The departing Pope Benedict XVI receives predominantly good marks from the conservative paper The Daily Telegraph: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 12. February 2013

Resignation a chance for reform

The resignation of Benedict XVI is the first time a pope has voluntarily stepped down in over 700 years. A unique opportunity for the Church to take a progressive line, the left-liberal daily Der Standard writes: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 12. February 2013

The end of infallibility

The Pope's resignation is a revolutionary act that will change the power structures within the Church, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica predicts: » more


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