Tagged with "Pope Francis"
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    The Pope’s third year starts with a bang, and a joke

    Popes are not known for telling jokes. So when Pope Francis told a self-deprecating gag, you can be sure there was more to it than that. Serious deeds are afoot in the Vatican

    by Tim Hedges - 16 March 2015
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    Pope's tragically mistaken intervention on the jihad

    Pope Francis has captured the hearts of many around the world. But to capture our minds he will have to do better than his de facto apologia for Islamist violence. He has made a tragic error of judgement

    by Jeremy Havardi - 20 January 2015
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    Pope Francis effect: Christians should not fear change

    Critics of Pope Francis call him a liberal, a moderniser and a reformer. But those who object to the direction of the Catholic Church are forgetting there was one person who did all these things and more, a very long time ago, and his name was Jesus Christ, writes Clare George-Hilley

    by Clare George-Hilley - 26 December 2014
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    Santa won't visit the EU, but a eurosceptic Pope did

    Santa is not coming down the chimney for the EU. But this year, a eurosceptic-sounding Pope did. He had some sobering words. Let's hope 2015 is the year we can get Britain out

    by Alan Murad - 24 December 2014
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    No Papal bull for the Eurocrats

    Belief in a progressive, kaleidoscopic multi-cultural society in which numerous lifestyles are promoted along with diverse ethnic cultures has seized the commanding heights of the EU. The Pope's moral clarity does not sit well with the Eurocrats

    by Tom Gallagher - 28 November 2014
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    The Pope needs Peter Mandelson

    Among Pope Francis’s many qualities PR does not figure. Perhaps it is to his credit, but increasingly he seems to be presiding over a shambles. He could do with Peter Mandelson

    by Tim Hedges - 26 October 2014
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    The Pope's divorce problem

    Pope Francis is misunderstood on divorce, as on so many other issues. He is a courageous and empathetic Pope who will not yield to relativism but does not want ordinary people with human vices to be excluded from the Church. This will be a tough one

    by Tim Hedges -  6 October 2014
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    Bowing to the mafia

    The Church is a great institution in Italian life and the Pope doesn’t want it to be seen as co-equal with the mafia

    by Tim Hedges -  8 July 2014
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    A Latin American Pope and Europe’s Separatists

    Even the Pope seems sceptical about Scottish independence. If he ever met Alex Salmond, Pope Francis, drawing on Argentina's history, would probably just see him for the populist that he is

    by Tom Gallagher - 18 June 2014
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    Pope Francis in the Holy Land - a political pilgrimage?

    Was Pope Francis's visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories the purely spiritual event intended?

    by Nick Gray - 27 May 2014
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    Pope Francis navigates a mine field in Jerusalem

    In 1947 the population of Bethlehem was 85 per cent Christian; in 2014 it is 18 per cent and still declining. In the Old City of Jerusalem, the Christians amount to 14,000 or 1.5 per cent of the total population, compared with 500,000 Jews and 288,000 Muslims. Christianity is under threat in the Holy land

    by Michael Curtis - 26 May 2014
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    The day of the four Popes

    Think Christianity is over? To describe central Rome as full would be understating the case: St. Peter’s Square can hold about 250,000, but there were at least another half million swarming in the neighbouring streets and piazzas

    by Tim Hedges - 28 April 2014
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    A tale of two leaders

    Things have changed in Italy, from Renzi selling the ministerial cars on eBay to the Pope persuading an ecclesiastical panjandrum into a life of impoverished contemplation. More of the same, please

    by Tim Hedges - 21 April 2014
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    Anniversary of a Pope for the poor, not the media

    This Pope wants a church at the service of the needy. The media may even get bored with him. What would make the headlines is permitting contraception, or abortion, or allowing women priests. But he won’t do any of that

    by Tim Hedges - 12 March 2014
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    The Vatican, Nazis, Popes and Jews

    Strong differences are particularly focused on the events of October 16, 1943 when the Nazis rounded up and imprisoned more than 1,000 Jews at a site close to the Vatican: most of the Jews rounded up during the incident were killed at Auschwitz

    by Michael Curtis - 30 October 2013