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  • Joaquin Navarro-Valls: Take him for all in all, I will not look upon his like again

    Joaquin Navarro Valls, the longtime spokesman for Pope John Paul who played a role under the Polish pope somewhat akin to a chief of staff, died Wednesday at the age of 80 from cancer. He wasn’t without his flaws, but he was nevertheless a giant of a man, and someone who took a deep personal as well as professional interest in the people around him. Whatever else can be said, it will be a long time before we see someone else like him.

  • Pope’s trip to Egypt may be one of those “big deal” moments

    Six years ago, a pope addressed Egypt, expressing outrage over an attack on a Christian church and calling for efforts against religious extremism, and the political and clerical establishment bristled. Now, Pope Francis came to Egypt and said much the same thing, and was embraced. One thing that seems to have changed is the mounting frustration of ordinary people here with terrorism and violence.

  • Pope Francis delivers shot in arm to Egypt’s persecuted Christians

    Pope Francis delivers shot in arm to Egypt’s persecuted Christians

    Though some thought Pope Francis might be a bit oblique about anti-Christian persecution during his two-day trip to Egypt, he waded directly into the realities on Friday, reminding political and civil leaders gathered at a hotel run by the country’s defense ministry, of attacks that Coptic Christians have suffered and telling local Christians that they are “an integral part of this country.”


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