Dispatches from Rome: It’s become abundantly clear this week that governance -- or, if one prefers, business management -- of the Vatican is a titanic concern.
All Things Catholic
John L. Allen Jr., NCR senior correspondent, writes weekly on the goings-on in Vatican and in the church around the world.
All Things Catholic: You've heard the sayings regarding the conclave. You know, "he who enters as pope exits as cardinal" and others. But how true are they really?
All Things Catholic: In many ways, the 2013 conclave will be identical to those that have come before; however, there are a few unique features this time around.
All Things Catholic: Need a refresher on what happens before and during a conclave? You've come to the right place.
All Things Catholic: In 2010, one cardinal got in trouble with the Vatican when he criticized another prelate. Why didn't this happen to Archbishop Gomez in Los Angeles?
All Things Catholic: The United States' two-party system makes the bishops seem conservative. In multiparty governments like Italy's, things are different.
All Things Catholic: Persecution of Christians in the Middle East has become so widespread, it's actually inspired bipartisan cooperation in Congress.
All Things Catholic: Which stories of 2012 fell through the cracks or didn't generate the buzz they really deserved? Here are John Allen's top five.
All Things Catholic: It turns out Kazakhstan, of all places, might have something to teach Catholics everywhere about the church's preoccupation with religious freedom.
All Things Catholic: Catholicism and secularism in Denmark; the next U.S. ambassador to Vatican, and the pope on Twitter.