- May 29, 2020
No matter people may think, the Vatican is moving full-steam ahead in its courtship of Beijing, with the ultimate prize remaining full diplomatic relations, a secure legal standing for the church, and partnerships on the global stage. That’s hardly a policy that began with Pope Francis, but it’s been shared fully by every pontiff since the Communist takeover in 1949.
Pope Francis’s visit to the Jesuit headquarters in Rome on Sunday highlights not only his enduring close ties to the Society of Jesus, but the order is also where some of his greatest intellectual influences and closest papal allies can be found.
Three high profile Catholic magazines in Italy criticized the leader of the populist party Northern League, Matteo Salvini, for his controversial stances against immigrants and minorities.