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Chaos at the Vatican

The Synod on the family, explained.
10:04 AM, Oct 17, 2015

Everyone talks about “chaos” in Congress just because Republicans haven’t chosen a new speaker of the House. If you want to see real chaos, look at Rome, where Pope Francis’s synod on the family has been a shambling disaster since the moment it started.

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The Pope Proves the Fatuousness of the American Left

11:41 AM, Oct 06, 2015

About 48 hours after Pope Francis decamped from America's greatest city, reports started circulating in the press-later confirmed by the Vatican-that the Holy Fa

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Francis Day 3: The Tambourining

1:06 PM, Sep 24, 2015

Pope Francis spoke to Congress this morning and Ross Douthat had an observation which helps a great deal in understanding the man:


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Pope Francis Speaks To Congress: Biden Winks, Boehner Cries, RBG Dozes

11:05 AM, Sep 24, 2015

Pope Francis spoke before Congress Thursday, and numerous politicians lived up to their most iconic moments. 

IJ Review has video of Speaker John Boehner being moved to tears in the background:

Pope Francis opens his speech to Congress, with Speaker Boehner crying in the background pic.twitter.com/snP1nGewMI

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Pope Bernie: Socialist Senator Likens Himself to Holy Father

8:48 AM, Sep 24, 2015

While there have been extensive comparisons of Bernie Sanders to Larry David—and there are undeniable similarities—some are now comparing the Jewish senator and presidential candidate to Pope Francis. 

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President Selfie Stick Welcomes Pope Tambourines to the White House

1:06 PM, Sep 23, 2015

Say this for President Obama: His troll game is strong. During his opening remarks welcoming Pope Francis, he abandoned his “freedom to worship” language and instead said: “People are only free when they can practice their faith freely.” And that, “We in the United States cherish our religious liberty.” The Little Sisters of the Poor surely appreciated this.

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Pope Francis: Menace or Farce?

1:32 PM, Sep 19, 2015

Back in 1999, The Weekly Standard ran one of my favorite cover lines ever: The New Europe: Menace or Farce? I often think of that question when I watch Pope Francis.

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Media Gets Pope’s Abbas Comments Wrong

12:44 PM, May 17, 2015

If anyone needs further evidence of why the news agencies often can’t be trusted to report accurately on Israel and the Palestinians, and why major news outlets such as the New York Times and the BBC should stop repeating agency copy without verifying it, here is an important example from this weekend.

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Pope to White House

9:07 AM, Mar 26, 2015

The White House announced the pope's visit in September:

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Pope to Address Congress in September

11:49 AM, Feb 05, 2015

The pope will address Congress in September, a press release from the speaker of the House announced today. 

“It is my great privilege to announce that His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the United States Capitol on Thursday, September 24, 2015. On that day, he will become the first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress. It will be a historic visit, and we are truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation," Boehner says in a statement.

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One Cheer for Pope Francis

4:33 PM, Aug 19, 2014

Yesterday Pope Francis endorsed military action to stop the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) from persecuting religious minorities, especially Christ

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Obama Gives Pope Chest of 'Fruit and Vegetable Seeds Used in the White House Garden'

Asks pope to pray for his family.
5:45 AM, Mar 27, 2014

President Obama has just concluded his meeting with the pope today in the Vatican. The White House sent details of the gift President Obama delivered to the pope.

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Boehner Invites Pope to Congress

4:07 PM, Mar 13, 2014

CNN reports:

House Speaker John Boehner marked Pope Francis’ first anniversary Thursday by extending an open invitation to him to address a joint meeting of Congress.

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Obama to Meet with Pope in Vatican City on March 27

'The President looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality.'
7:14 AM, Jan 21, 2014

The White House has just released details of President Obama's upcoming Europe trip, which includes a visit with the pope in Vatican City on March 27. "The President looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality," says the White House press secretary in a statement. 

Here's the full statement:

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President's Travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, and Italy in March 2014

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CNN: 'The Hope and Change Pope'

11:52 AM, Mar 19, 2013

A commentator on CNN dubbed Pope Francis "the hope and change pope" earlier today:

"He hasn't actually done much in the way of real policy changes of initiatives, and he certainly is the hope and change pope, but he's at the head of a body, the Vatican, that's very resistant to change," said the CNN commentator. "I've read, for instance, that observers say that you don't change the Vatican, the Vatican changes you."

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Biden to Attend Party With Cardinals So He Doesn't 'Lose' His 'Soul'

1:00 PM, Mar 18, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden, who is in Rome for the new pope's inaugural mass, says he "better show up" at party with cardinals tonight or "I'll lose my soul." Via the pool report:

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Biden, Pelosi to Represent America at Pope's Inaugural Mass

10:39 AM, Mar 15, 2013

The White House announced that Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi will be representing America at the pope's inaugural mass. Both Biden and Pelosi are Catholics and pro-abortion.

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State Dept. Refuses to Say Whether Papal Election Meets 'Free and Fairness Standard'

6:21 AM, Mar 15, 2013

An odd exchange at the State Department press briefing, via the official transcript:

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Obama Hopes Next Pope Carries 'Central Message of the Gospel'

"[T]hat we treat everybody as children of God and that we love them the way Jesus Christ taught us to love them."
6:32 AM, Mar 13, 2013

In an interview that aired this morning, President Obama was asked whether he'd have too much influence over an American pope. He didn't answer the question, but he did say he hopes the next pope carries the "central message of the Gospel":

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Cardinals 'Forbidden Access' to Twitter Accounts During Conclave

9:13 AM, Feb 17, 2013

Cardinals will not allowed to access their Twitter accounts during conclave, according to Catholic News Service. This restriction is applicable to the 9 cardinals who have Twitter accounts. In all, there are "117 red-vested princes of the church who are eligible to vote for a new pope."

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U.N. Chief Thanks Pope for 'Profound Commitment ... to Interfaith Dialogue'

3:02 PM, Feb 11, 2013

Responding to a question about the retirement of the pope, U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon thanked the pope for his "profound commitment ... to interfaith dialogue."

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Biden: 'I'm Not Running' for Pope

2:12 PM, Feb 11, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden took himself out of consideration to be the next pope. Tara Murtha reports on Twitter:

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Obama on the Pope: 'I Have Appreciated Our Work Together Over These Last Four Years'

12:19 PM, Feb 11, 2013

In a statement marking the pope's retirement, President Barack Obama said, "I have appreciate our work together over these last four years."

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Statement: Pope to Resign

6:33 AM, Feb 11, 2013

The Vatican released this statement from Pope Benedict XVI announcing his plan to resign on February 28:

Dear Brothers,

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Romney Ad Goes After Obama for Declaring 'War On Religion'

6:33 AM, Aug 09, 2012

The latest ad from Mitt Romney's campaign goes after Barack Obama for declaring "war on religion."

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Is this the Peck the Pope Would Pick?

The insidious political agenda behind Benetton's controversial ad campaign.
1:00 PM, Nov 21, 2011


If the Pope were to kiss a man, would he kiss Ahmed el-Tayeb? Apparently not.

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The Pope Defends Liberal Education

12:49 PM, Aug 23, 2011

The mission of the modern university professor is not merely “forming competent and efficient professionals capable of satisfying the demand for labor,” Pope Benedict XVI said in a speech in Madrid on Friday. Instead, professors and students should be “looking for something more lofty and capable of embracing the full measure of what it is to be human.”

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The Last Years of Pope John Paul II

8:44 AM, Jun 28, 2011

Jonathan V. Last reviewed George Weigel's latest biography of Pope John Paul II , The End and the Beginning, for our summer books issue. Weigel's newest volume sheds light on the last years of the beloved figure, providing touching stories as well as fascinating new information about the Pope's handling of the Cold War:


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