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Can a Radical Pope Change American Culture Wars?

Pope Francis has rattled the right by shifting power and emphasizing new priorities.

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The 10 Best Pope Francis Moments (So Far)

The Pope Francis era’s greatest hits.

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Pope Francis Hints He Might One Day Retire

Will the current pontiff follow Pope Benedict’s shocking move and retire in the next few years?

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Pope Francis’s Comments on Pedophilia in the Church Spark Debate

Pope Francis raises eyebrows by saying pedophile priests include ‘bishops and cardinals.’

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Faith Communities Are on the Front Line of Refugee Aid

The Abrahamic faiths share a command to welcome and care for the 45 million refugees around the world.

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To My Sister on Her First Communion

A sixth grader offers some advice to his little sister before her first communion.

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The Contradictions of the Saints

Canonization can stereotype the life of the saint — as it becomes more Christ-like, the rough edges of a saint’s story can be smoothed away.

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Beware of Pope Francis

You can’t admire Pope Francis without acknowledging that the path he’s taking demands that we change.

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Pope Francis Picks Cardinals Who Point the Way to Catholicism’s Future

Pope Francis’ choice of new cardinals confirms the unique characteristics and goals of his papacy.

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Pope Francis sends e-mail on Holocaust to American Jewish leader

Pope Francis offers contributes to renewal of Catholic-Jewish relations in the form of a personal e-mail.

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The Pope, a Bishop, and the Scandal of Wealth

Francis is seen as a pope who is seeking to liberate Catholicism from its own pretensions.

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That’s an Atheist Thing To Do, Pope Francis

Perhaps Pope Francis will have the freedom and desire to make not just stylistic and rhetorical changes, but substantive changes as well.

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Atheists at the Pulpit

Congregations of atheists may be the new, beneficial alternative to organized religion.

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Pope Francis Interview with Atheist Journalist: Stop ‘Vatican Centric’ Thinking

Eugenio Scalfari’s report shows a pope who rejects blind deference to hierarchy, one who is eager to engage with the world beyond the walls of the church, even when his words may make Catholics uncomfortable.

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Pope Francis divides atheists

Pope Francis may be as good as it gets, but the Catholic Church just doesn’t allow popes to get that good.

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Can Pope Francis help end the culture wars?

Francis’ words may be the push needed to keep the Catholic faith above the mess of American politics.

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A Protestant in praise of the Catholic Church

Like millions of others, I am gratefully stunned by his revolutionary remarks on the Catholic Church’s “obsession” with long-held doctrines on gay people and abortion.

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Is Pope Francis a liberal?

The question gets some answers – and even more questions.

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Reading Pope Francis, seeing our own reflections

Let’s not miss the opportunity for seeing our faith in a new way by missing his point altogether.

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In wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis sets vision for papacy

The leader of the global Catholic Church chided what he saw as the tendency of some church leaders to focus on “small-minded rules.”