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    On day one in Egypt, Francis delivers his Regensburg speech

    Though Pope Francis avoided the incendiary quotation linking the Prophet Mohammed with violence that stirred protest when used by Pope Benedict XVI at Regensburg, Germany, in 2006, he delivered a similar sort of wake-up call for religious leaders in the Islamic world, insisting that violence is a "negation of every authentic religious expression."

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    Orthodox Patriarch in Cairo: World is entering "post secular" age

    Ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Egypt, the spiritual head of the Orthodox Church, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, offered a blueprint for the future of interreligious dialogue based upon recognizing the central role religion plays in human life. He was speaking Thursday at the same event Pope Francis was scheduled to address on Friday.

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    Re-tweeting, Liking, and Sharing the Good News

    Pope Francis is relying on “a modern medium for an ancient Church” to accomplish one of the most important goals of his papacy: Creating a culture of dialogue and encounter. Twitter and other forms of social media is not without its troubles or temptations, but they can be used to help spread the the Church’s message of mercy.

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  • Pope Francis deploys his power over the past

    Pope Francis deploys his power over the past

    • April 25, 2017

    When Pope Francis travels to the small Italian town of Bozzolo on June to pray at the tomb of Don Primo Mazzolari, the renowned “pastor of Bozzolo,” he’ll be exercising his primacy not over the present so much as the past — specifically, his ability to decide which Catholic figures of the past are celebrated, and, when necessary, rehabilitated.


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  • Pope Francis says devil is behind anti-Christian persecution

    Pope Francis says devil is behind anti-Christian persecution

    • April 22, 2017

    Leading a prayer service in memory of the Christian martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries, Pope Francis also spoke about a woman whose name he doesn’t know, but who “looks down on us from heaven.” He got to know her through her husband, a Muslim refugee who Francis encountered in Greece. The woman, whom the pope described as a martyr, was a Christian beheaded by terrorists after refusing to throw away a cross she was wearing.

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  • Pope thanks charity for generous service to the Church
    Pope thanks charity for generous service to the Church
    • April 28, 2017

    The pope thanked the U.S.-based Papal Foundation charity for their “desire to assist the Church’s efforts to proclaim that message of hope to the ends of the earth and to work for the spiritual and material advancement of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, especially in developing countries.”


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  • The ‘Benedict Option’ is not enough
    The ‘Benedict Option’ is not enough
    • April 26, 2017

    Theologian Michael Baxter offers a critique of “The Benedict Option,” in which writer Rod Dreher proposes Christians withdraw from political life in America. Baxter says Dreher is right to seek a more robust form of Christian commitment shaping how we live, but has a flawed understanding of how “Christian” the United States has been in the past.