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  • Why are opposing sides in U.S., Europe cheering Pope on immigration?

    Why are opposing sides in U.S., Europe cheering Pope on immigration?

    Pope Francis on Monday called out U.S. President Donald Trump for threatening the DACA program, but also told Italians he recognized the need for limits and “prudence” on immigration. One way to explain the apparently different emphasis is that when Francis addresses immigration, he usually makes a (sometimes silent) distinction between spiritual and moral dispositions, and concrete acts of governance.

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  • New Swedish cardinal says inter-communion with Lutherans ‘not possible’

    New Swedish cardinal says inter-communion with Lutherans ‘not possible’

    Although newly minted Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Sweden is a convert from Lutheranism and believes in the press for closer ties with the Lutheran church, he’s also realistic about the present limits of that quest, saying that given different understandings of the real presence in the Eucharist, right now Lutherans and Catholics “cannot possibly celebrate together.”

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  • As Pope Francis gives Sweden a cardinal, what’s behind his Scandinavian push?

    As Pope Francis gives Sweden a cardinal, what’s behind his Scandinavian push?

    Although the plates were already shifting towards Sweden as the lead actor for Catholicism in the Nordic countries before Francis came along, the signs of interest and favor have multiplied on his watch, including giving Sweden its first-ever cardinal this week. Evangelical opportunities, immigration and ecumenism may all lie in the background of the pope’s Swedish outreach.

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