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Pope Francis news and analysis from The Nation
October 14, 2020
The Simple, Profound Message of Pope Francis’s New Encyclical
Amid the pandemic and worsening marginalization, we have to get better at doing one thing: listening.
Sister Simone Campbell
February 28, 2019
The Vatican Sex-Abuse Summit Was Never Going to Undo the Harm
The left welcomed the pontiff because he was anti-authoritarian—but that’s exactly why the summit was a disappointment.
Michael F. Pettinger
February 1, 2017
The Passing of Dom Paulo, Cardinal Arns, a Liberation Theology Titan
He stood up courageously against Brazil’s dictatorship and supported the “preferential option for the poor.”
September 28, 2016
One Year Later, Pope Francis’s Message Endures
The rise of Donald Trump is a direct threat to the pope’s message of compassion and openness.
April 19, 2016
Why Sanders Skipped Clooney and Visited the Vatican
Sanders’s hope for a moral economy is amplified at the Vatican.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
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April 17, 2016
Bernie Sanders Went to Rome to Discuss the Immorality of Unfettered Capitalism
Here’s the full text of the speech he delivered at the Vatican.
April 14, 2016
Mr. Sanders Goes to the Vatican
Bernie may be Jewish, but he seems to have found an echo of his politics in the Catholic Church’s call for social justice—especially under Pope Francis.
February 19, 2016
It’s Not Trump Versus the Pope, It’s Trump Versus Secularism
The billionaire is at odds with a historic American commitment to religious pluralism and separation of church and state.
February 19, 2016
Note to Pundits: Stop Lecturing Pope Francis About American Politics
Attacks on the pope misrepresent his message and display the submerged anti-Catholicism in US political life.
February 17, 2016
The Pope and the Russian Patriarch Have Ended Their 1,000-Year Cold War
The week of this historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill also witnessed dangerous developments in the US-Russian confrontation over Ukraine, Syria, and Turkey.
Stephen F. Cohen