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  • A potpourri of nuggets from a week on the Vatican beat

    A potpourri of nuggets from a week on the Vatican beat

    • Sep 17, 2017

    Sometimes on the Vatican beat in a given week, what you get isn’t one grand narrative but lots of little ones. This was one of those weeks, so here’s a potpourri of nuggets on contrasting antidotes for different diseases, counter-intuitive patron saints, and what to make of papal press conferences in terms of the pontiff’s own personal priorities.

  • Why ‘Good Pope John’ fits as patron saint of Italian army

    Why ‘Good Pope John’ fits as patron saint of Italian army

    • Sep 12, 2017

    At first blush, a ceremony taking place in Italy’s Palace of the Army today may seem counter-intuitive, as St. Pope John XXIII, a famous “Peace Pope,” is being installed as the patron saint of the Italian army. In fact, however, for reasons both biographical and philosophical, John XXIII actually may be the perfect patron for the kind of army Italy operates today.

  • Amid nuclear fears, remember a pope once helped avert Armageddon

    Amid nuclear fears, remember a pope once helped avert Armageddon

    • Aug 13, 2017

    Though comparisons with North Korea’s threat to fire ballistic missiles near Guam and the Cuban Missile Crisis may be premature, the anxiety level is undeniable. The situation evokes memories of a pope in many ways cut from the same cloth as Francis, St. John XXIII, who helped prevent a nuclear war with a timely and passionate appeal for peace.

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