from The Great Debate:

The Vatican can’t seem to get out of the secrets business

December 1, 2015

Saint Peter's dome is seen at the Vatican November 24, 2015.     REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi - RTX1VM7L

Saint Peter's dome is seen at the Vatican, November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

from The Great Debate:

Pope Francis’ relationship to a movement that divided Latin America

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

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:

The uncanonized saints

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:

Tackling inequality: Where a president meets a pope

March 27, 2014

There has been much speculation about President Barack Obama’s meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday. One Catholic church authority asserted, “it is not the task of the pope to offer a detailed and complete analysis of contemporary reality.” The pope got that message -- he wrote it himself in his first official “Papal Exhortation” last year.

from The Great Debate:

Pope Francis: Beyond the compelling gestures

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 The Great Debate:

Why Fellini’s films speak to the pope

September 23, 2013

La Strada may be almost 60 years old, but Federico Fellini's masterpiece is in the news. In an interview published late last week, Pope Francis called La Strada his favorite film.

from The Human Impact:

Is the new Pope bad news for women?

March 18, 2013

As most of you probably know already, the newly-elected Pope Francis represents a lot of firsts: First Jesuit to become pope. First Latin American (or from the ‘New World’). First pope to take the name Francis.

from Photographers' Blog:

“I will show you the Pope”

March 14, 2013

Rome, Italy

By Alessandro Bianchi

After what seemed like a lifetime of standing in the rain, "Habemus Papam" (We have a Pope!).

from Thinking Global:

Making history at the Vatican

March 12, 2013

I have covered far happier times for the Vatican. I reported on John Paul II’s pilgrimage through his native Poland some three decades ago, and I have been thinking about this while watching the Catholic Church’s 115 cardinal electors pray for divine inspiration on this historic day in Rome’s Sistine Chapel.