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  • On day one in Egypt, Francis delivers his Regensburg speech

    On day one in Egypt, Francis delivers his Regensburg speech

    Though Pope Francis avoided the incendiary quotation linking the Prophet Mohammed with violence that stirred protest when used by Pope Benedict XVI at Regensburg, Germany, in 2006, he delivered a similar sort of wake-up call for religious leaders in the Islamic world, insisting that violence is a “negation of every authentic religious expression.”

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  • Pope Francis on Friday begins brief but dicey trip to Egypt

    Pope Francis on Friday begins brief but dicey trip to Egypt

    Although Pope Francis’s April 28-29 trip to Egypt will be extremely brief, barely more than 24 hours in the country, it’s among the riskiest outings of his papacy. On multiple fronts, from security and politics to Christian/Muslim relations and ecumenism, Francis faces hard choices on the trip that amount to striking the right balance between equally undesirable outcomes.

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  • Pope Francis deploys his power over the past

    Pope Francis deploys his power over the past

    When Pope Francis travels to the small Italian town of Bozzolo on June to pray at the tomb of Don Primo Mazzolari, the renowned “pastor of Bozzolo,” he’ll be exercising his primacy not over the present so much as the past — specifically, his ability to decide which Catholic figures of the past are celebrated, and, when necessary, rehabilitated.

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  • If Pope wants to honor martyrs, fast-track their sainthood causes

    If Pope wants to honor martyrs, fast-track their sainthood causes

    Though anti-Christian persecution around the world is a widespread and growing problem, popes can’t just wave a magic wand and make police states, armed gangs and terrorists disappear. What they can do, however, is deploy their unique authority to fast-track sainthood causes for new martyrs, and Pope Francis has a looming chance to do just that when he visits India.

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  • Francis poses both/and approach to fighting anti-Christian persecution

    Francis poses both/and approach to fighting anti-Christian persecution

    Most activists in the fight against global anti-Christian persecution are inclined to go on the offensive, calling out offenders, demanding sanctions, and in general not taking things lying down. Pope Francis appears to prefer the carrot over the stick, but it’s possible to see this contrast as both/and — by reaching out so incessantly, Francis may be providing others the chance to push back.

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  • Trump won’t meet Pope, and it may be a while on an ambassador

    Trump won’t meet Pope, and it may be a while on an ambassador

    Since it now seems clear that President Donald Trump won’t meet Pope Francis when he comes to Sicily in late May for a G7 summit, many people will assume that the first real test of how serious Trump is about engaging the Vatican will come with his pick for ambassador. For several reasons, however, that move may not come anytime soon, so we might have to look for other measures.

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