• Venice patriarch criticizes ‘New Pope’ series over ‘offensive’ nuns in nighties

    Venice patriarch criticizes ‘New Pope’ series over ‘offensive’ nuns in nighties

    • Jan 15, 2020

    Weeks after its release on HBO, Paolo Sorrentino’s “The New Pope” series is already sparking blowback for the opening scene, during which a group of young nuns dance provocatively in sexy white nighties beneath a giant crucifix in an old monastery in Venice.

  • Child safety summit reflects Pope’s ‘extraordinary’ power to convene

    Child safety summit reflects Pope’s ‘extraordinary’ power to convene

    • Oct 4, 2017

    Look around at the lineup at an Oct. 3-6 summit at Rome’s Gregorian University on “Child Dignity in the Digital World,” and it’s a host of experts from the biggest outfits in their various fields — Harvard, Interpol, Facebook, UNICEF, Microsoft, and so on. It’s the cream of the crop, and it’s another illustration of the Vatican’s unique power to convene, since basically nobody can say no to an invite from the pope.

  • Pope again flexes papal muscle to keep tabs on cardinals

    • Jun 16, 2017

    Pope Francis has revived what has been called a “noble tradition” of asking cardinals to inform him when they leave town and where they’re going. This show of papal muscle comes after the pope wrote a letter asking for obedience to a rioting diocese in Nigeria and the tensions with the Knights of Malta.