• A dose of caution about China’s ‘opening’ to the pope

    • Aug 17, 2015

    ROME — While there are many aspects of the papacy and the Vatican that have been turned on their head in the Pope Francis era, at least one thing appears basically the same: The Vatican’s China policy, which is still premised on patient constructive engagement rather than confrontation. That’s arguably

  • Whoa — Chinese TV reports favorably on the pope’s comments

    • Aug 17, 2015

    ROME — In a rarity that may suggest an opening in Vatican/China relations, Chinese TV networks dedicated airtime to the pope Saturday, reporting Francis’ words on a tragedy that rocked the coastal city of Tianjin, where a chemical plant exploded late last week leaving more than 100 people dead. According

  • The ‘Francis agenda’ is making inroads in the US

    • Aug 7, 2015

    Since his election, Pope Francis has become one of the world’s most influential moral leaders, and despite a drop in a recent opinion poll, he is wildly popular in the United States. With a little more than a month until Francis lands in Washington for an eight-day tour of the