Nice guy or tough guy? The two faces of Pope Francis

To the vast majority, Pope Francis is the compassionate face of Catholicism today. But there is another streak to the pontiff: A willingness to flex papal muscle and lay down the law.

Francis and Benedict: two popes, two divergent approaches to Islam

The global growth of Islam and in particular the rise of Islamic extremism have forced recent popes to set out, with increasing urgency, a strategy for engaging the religion.

In England and Wales, 16,500 weigh in on Vatican synod survey

When the Vatican announced its survey ahead of the Synod of Bishops, the bishops of England and Wales were the first in the world to put it online.