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  • In speech on Europe, Pope Francis lays out his own ‘Benedict option’

    In speech on Europe, Pope Francis lays out his own ‘Benedict option’

    • Oct 30, 2017

    Catholic bishops across Europe largely have been making a stand in defense of continental unity, a position backed by Pope Francis. Yet in a major speech on Europe Saturday, Francis made clear he’s also no champion of the European status quo, and in fact seems to regard it as passing away. In that context, he laid out his own version of the “Benedict option” for the Church’s role.

  • Catalonia the elephant in the room at Vatican summit on Europe

    Catalonia the elephant in the room at Vatican summit on Europe

    • Oct 27, 2017

    While the Vatican hosted a major summit on Europe on Friday featuring some 350 spiritual and political leaders from across the continent, nobody seemed eager to touch the big European story of the day — Catalonia’s vote to declare independence, and Spain’s move to impose direct rule. That may reflect both the sensitivity of the issue, and the fact that the Church isn’t of one mind.

  • As Merkel calls on Pope Francis, is a partnership in the works?

    As Merkel calls on Pope Francis, is a partnership in the works?

    • Jun 15, 2017

    Popes generally work hard to have good relations with politicians of all stripes, but when they find one of consequence with whom they have a special rapport, history can change. Looking around the global stage today, the best candidate for such a partner of Pope Francis may well be Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, who’s coming calling on the pontiff on Saturday.

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