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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.