• Three ironies about a dramatic show of papal muscle in Nigeria

    Three ironies about a dramatic show of papal muscle in Nigeria

    • Jun 11, 2017

    At the popular level, Pope Francis often is perceived as a lovey-dovey man of dialogue and peace. However, beneath that surface still beats the heart of a classic Jesuit superior, and a dramatic show of papal muscle in Nigeria this week confirms that when the time comes for obedience, he fully and completely expects to get it.

  • Despite it all, Francis and Trump may just hit it off

    Despite it all, Francis and Trump may just hit it off

    • May 7, 2017

    When President Donald Trump and Pope Francis meet in the Vatican on May 24, in many ways it will be a study in contrasts — Francis the man of simplicity and humility, Trump an icon of bombast. Yet the two figures actually share a surprising number of traits, all of which suggest that perhaps they can hit it off despite all the ways in which they seem to be from different planets.

  • How a clown could help the pope engage today’s populist tide

    How a clown could help the pope engage today’s populist tide

    • Dec 3, 2016

    Italy’s “Cinque Stelle” movement is the country’s most significant opposition force, and could be on its way to power. Were Pope Francis to take a direct role in engaging it, Cinque Stelle could become his nose under the tent amid today’s wave of populist anti-establishment politics.