from The Great Debate:

Pope Francis’ relationship to a movement that divided Latin America

By Kevin F. Burke
September 24, 2015

Pope Francis is surrounded by greeting children next to Bolivia's President Evo Morales after his arrival in El Alto

Pope Francis (L) is surrounded by greeting children next to Bolivia's President Evo Morales after his arrival in El Alto, Bolivia, July 8, 2015. REUTERS/David Mercado

from The Great Debate:

Pope-onomics: Francis’ keys to a better economy – and world

By Nathan Schneider
September 23, 2015

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican

Pope Francis arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

from The Great Debate:

How Pope Francis can win back the West and secure his church’s future

By Patrick Hornbeck
September 21, 2015

Pope Francis arrives to lead a weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican

Pope Francis arrives to lead a weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican April 3, 2013.
REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

from The Great Debate:

Why Pope Francis, spiritual leader of a billion souls, cares about saving the material world

By Keith Douglass Warner
June 18, 2015

Pope Francis speaks with young people in a youth centre dedicated to Pope John Paul II during his visit to Sarajevo

Pope Francis speaks with young people in a youth center dedicated to Pope John Paul II during his visit to Sarajevo, June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

from John Lloyd:

Pope Francis and his season of struggle

By John Lloyd
October 23, 2014

Pope Francis celebrates a mass in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican

This month, Pope Francis had to come clean.

Time’s Man of the Year for 2013, the object of seemingly universal affection, is a liberal: and that means a season – perhaps a papacy – of struggle. His honeymoon as the Amiable Argentinian is over.

from The Great Debate:

The uncanonized saints

By Nathan Schneider
April 25, 2014

The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn, nearing the end of a long restoration, has a new mural over its main doors. Surrounding the Holy Spirit, in the form of an incandescent dove, is a gathering of women and men flanked by angels. Most have soft yellow halos, but three figures, including the pair closest to the dove, do not.

from The Great Debate:

Pope Francis: Beyond the compelling gestures

By Martin E. Marty
December 24, 2013

The most talked about person in the world -- no surprise there! -- is Pope Francis. Polls and Internet traffic confirm: No celebrity even comes close to him in fame or favor.

from John Lloyd:

In Britain, a summer of quiet revolution

By John Lloyd
July 16, 2013

The British Isles are sentries in a turning world. The monarchy, pageantry, the mediaeval House of Lords, titles, accents, the established Church of England with the Queen at its head -- they all give the adroit illusion of continuity and the primacy of tradition over change.

from Tales from the Trail:

Rick Santorum: birth control ruling has nothing to do with women’s rights

February 10, 2012

Forcing religious organizations to provide contraceptives has nothing to do with women's rights, Republican presidential contender and vocal Catholic Rick Santorum said on Thursday.

from FaithWorld:

Optimistic? Attending services may be reason

November 10, 2011

Regular attendance at religious services is associated with a more optimistic outlook and a lesser inclination to be depressed, compared to those who do not attend services at all, according to a recently published study.