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Defend Pope Francis

I spent a year reading Pope Francis, and it was the hardest year of my life. It wasn’t that Pope Francis is hard to read — he’s not. It is just that he was really hard to read in 2015–2016, if you knew you had to write a book…

The Joy of the Gospel

Pope Francis released his first Apostolic Exhortation on November 26. Entitled Evangelii Gaudium -- The Joy of the Gospel-- it's perfectly timed for Thanksgiving and Advent, when we count our blessings. Or in some cases need some…

Welcome Pope Francis!

As soon as his name was announced on Wednesday, March 13, the world scrambled to learn who Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio -- the Argentine Jesuit just elected the next Vicar of Christ-- is. Much has been said in the past 48 hours about his…

Remembering Pope John Paul II

“Watch the doors!” The voice of the frustrated subway conductor bellowed out of the speakers, but the thick crowds trying to push their way on to the train paid no attention. “If you don’t clear the doors I’m going to take this train out of…