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:

Tackling inequality: Where a president meets a pope

By Martin E. Marty
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 Breakingviews:

Pope’s “authentic” economics make sense

By Edward Hadas
January 22, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Nicholas Wapshott:

The pope’s divisions

By Nicholas Wapshott
December 30, 2013

The political roundups of 2013 make little mention of perhaps the most important event to alter the political landscape in the last 12 months. It was not the incompetence of the Obamacare rollout -- though that will resonate beyond the November midterms. Nor was it House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) finally snapping at the Tea Party hounds who have been nipping at his heels.

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 Breakingviews:

Give thanks for the pope’s anti-free market views

November 27, 2013

By Richard Beales
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate:

Why Fellini’s films speak to the pope

By Annette Insdorf
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 John Lloyd:

The Church and organized labor’s new orthodoxy

By John Lloyd
September 17, 2013

Two of the western world's great organizations, the AFL-CIO and the Roman Catholic Church, decided last week to tackle two of the world's great problems differently than they had for decades before. This might just be another proof that they're getting weaker (they are). Or it might be a big, good shift.

from Ian Bremmer:

The world leaders who are actually leading

By Ian Bremmer
August 15, 2013

Earlier this summer, as I watched the Pope attract millions as he toured Brazil, I noticed how rare the scene was. Here was a man in control of an embattled institution, and he had somehow rallied his troops. By going back to the basics of Catholic belief—embracing humility, supporting the downtrodden, asking for sacrifice— as well as pushing the envelope (with his more progressive stance on homosexuality, for example), Pope Francis had begun to rehabilitate the church. It was viable leadership: the kind that motivates, inspires, and unites.

from John Lloyd:

A humble pope in an august office

By John Lloyd
June 25, 2013

The most potent symbol to date of Pope Francis’ five-month papacy is an empty chair. The chair -- a large white throne -- was to seat His Holiness in the Vatican this past Saturday. The pope was scheduled to hear a performance of Beethoven’s ninth symphony, a long-planned event. But minutes before the performance Archbishop Rino Fisichella told the audience that “the Holy Father cannot be present because of an urgent piece of work which cannot be postponed.”