- Nov 23, 2020
At the Vatican on Wednesday, United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced authoritarian regimes and autocrats, naming Cuba, Iran, China and Syria as the roots of religious repression, because they fail to acknowledge a power higher than their own.
Pope Francis has endorsed a controversial view of the United States presented in two articles in a prominent Jesuit journal. Like them or not, if you want to understand the pope’s relationship with America, you need to read them.
Francis hardly is the first pope to generate controversy, but he’s also a lightning rod, and not just in the United States.
Pope Francis’s latest trolling of American conservatives is likely to cement the antagonism, guaranteeing a permanent source of resistance to pretty much anything Francis says or does from an influential segment of the American Catholic population.
On Monday the funeral was held for Mario Cerciello Rega – an Italian policeman killed by two American teenagers, and who was praised by friends and family for his dedication to his work, his community and to those in need.
Several leaders of Iraq’s Christian community have appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump not to withdraw troops from the nation, saying many of their problems were caused by American military intervention, and leaving now would only make the situation worse.