This year has seen the impressive rise of strong, inspiring women at the forefront of global politics. Hillary Clinton stands an excellent chance to be elected as the first female President of the United States. Britain has just elected its second female Prime Minster in Theresa May, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel's principled humanitarian position on the refugee crisis has given Europe much needed leadership. It is obvious why some people say this is the 'Year of the Woman'.
ROME -- As Pope Francis told a gathering of top EU leaders, "The identity of Europe is and always has been a dynamic and multicultural identity." Not referring to the Christian roots of the continent does not mean Francis asks his Church to shy away. On the contrary, he wants it to be at the forefront of a fresh new energy.