- Jan 18, 2020
Just weeks after the premiere of “The Two Popes” on Netflix, a new take on the idea of dueling pontiffs is about to show itself.
A Catholic writer first wrote a nonfiction book called “The Two Popes,” then was commissioned to write its fictional screenplay, which centers on fly-on-the-wall conversations between Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) and retired Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins).
When Pope Francis ripped lyrics by Queen and Florence + The Machine on Tuesday, it was the latest chapter in the ambivalent relationship between popes and pop.
The effort by a group in Spain to rehabilitate anti-pope Benedict XIII confirms that today’s judgments may not be the last word.
While Pope Francis is facing monumental challenges on the clerical abuse scandals and allegations that he covered up the sexual misconduct of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, history shows he is not the first pontiff to be inovolved in a major crisis.
Members of the Six Nations of the Iroquois and experts in Native American legal and civil rights issues are hosting a conference in central New York for discussions on 500-year-old Vatican edicts whose impacts are still felt today.