- May 24, 2020
Italian Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi of Milan, for much of his tenure, was considered a slam-dunk obvious candidate to be pope. In the end, he had no real traction, which illustrates a key insight about papal conclaves: Like most other electoral exercises, sometimes front-runners win, and other times they vanish before your very eyes.
In response to an interview given by Father Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus about the devil as a symbol, Italian priest and exorcist Father Sante Babolin listed several examples to be offered as proof of the devil’s existence as a real entity.
Ahead of Pope Francis’s May 24 meeting with United States President Donald Trump, it’s worth looking back at previous times popes and presidents have met in person, and what was said about those encounters at the time.
While the Fatima shrine in Portugal is primarily about the Blessed Virgin Mary and her appearances to three shepherd children, it also has a history with papal assassination attempts, including two attacks on St. John Paul II in 1981 and 1982.
Both Pope Francis and his conservative critics are trying to uphold legitimate and important values — reaching out to the world in a pastoral fashion for Francis, clarifying and defending doctrine for the critics. Seeing things from the other’s perspective at least helps us respect where they’re coming from.
Renato Buzzonetti, the doctor who looked after four popes, died at the age of 92. Buzzonetti made the first examination after John Paul II was shot in St. Peter’s Square in 1981 and assisted him though Parkinson’s disease. He retired under Pope Benedict XVI.