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Weekend Roundup: Pope Francis Gets It Right

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.20.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

In a wide-ranging interview conducted by Guillaume Goubert and The WorldPost's "Following Francis" columnist, Sebastien Maillard, the pope demonstrates once again his wise and mature grasp of the issues. In the interview, he acknowledges the limits of Europe's ability to absorb refugees while focusing on the larger picture of why there are so many migrants. (continued)

Pope Francis Weighs in on Pedophilia, Same-Sex Marriage and the Refugee Crisis

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 05.18.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Pope Francis sat down with "La Croix" for an interview of over an hour at the Vatican, at the Santa Marta residence, on Monday, May 9. A number of themes were discussed, including: the Christian roots of Europe, migration, Islam, secularism, his idea of France and the pedophilia scandals.

Pope Francis: This Is How the Church Can Help a Fraying Europe Rediscover Its Unity

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 05.18.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

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.

Pope Francis Exhorts Church to Be Less Uniform and More Universal

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 04.13.2017 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Through the guidelines put forward in the recently released "Amoris Laetitia" document, Pope Francis is moving his church to be less "uniformized" by Rome alone and to become more pastorally plural and creative on the ground. In a nutshell, this means a less Roman and more Catholic Church. Catholicism, of course, originally meant "universal."

The Pope Looks East Toward Russia and China

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 02.02.2017 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Rumors of a plan to meet the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and of a deal with Beijing to name Catholic bishops in China signal Vatican maneuvers on the eastern front.

Here's What to Expect From Pope Francis in 2016

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 01.05.2017 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Reform of the Vatican, outreach to divorced couples, the jubilee and several trips overseas are on the schedule as Pope Francis' pontificate enters its fourth year.

Pope Francis Fights ISIS by Fostering Interreligious Dialogue

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 12.04.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

BANGUI, Central African Republic -- During his recent journey in Africa, as in previous trips abroad, Pope Francis showed upmost respect for Islam and fostered interreligious cooperation as a way to reply spiritually to terrorism.

Francis' Friends May Be Numbered in the Vatican -- And the 'Vatileaks' Scandal Is a Testament to That

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 11.04.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- "Vatileaks 2" is the latest scandal to emerge from the Vatican. How many real friends Pope Francis has there today looks harder to count than ever.

How the Pope's 'Shock-the-Yankee' Attitude Got Rave Reviews in the U.S.

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 10.02.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Understanding the culture and history of a host country enables one to be accepted and heard there. Thus, Pope Francis could raise as gently as possible some of the most debated issues in the U.S. while still ending his speech in Congress with a standing ovation.

How the World Looks Through the Pope's Glasses

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 09.14.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Francis recently went in a shop in Rome to get new lenses for his glasses and payed what he owed. His short and unexpected visit depicts attitudes he wants for his Church.

This Is 'Francisnomics'

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Francis' speech against the "globalization of exclusion" delivered in Bolivia may sound anti-capitalist. But the pope has neither an ideology nor some economic solution. What he is suggesting is a Christian-inspired approach to the economy.

Pope Urges 'Every Person Living on This Planet' to Take Action on Climate Change

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 06.18.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Pope Francis' encyclical letter is a dire warning on the disastrous state of "our common home."

Pope Francis Wants Women to Be Sisters, Not Servants

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- When Pope Francis travels to Paraguay in July, it is most possible he will recall the way women took charge of this country's future in 1870 after the war. He has mentioned this historical moment before to point out the great risks women are ready to take. Whether he will risk going any further remains to be seen.

In Francis' Vatican, the Homeless Get VIP Treatment

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- "Welcome, this is a house for all. Your house."

Why Pope Francis Is so Focused on Asia

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- The future of the Catholic Church in Asia cannot omit China, where Christians (including Protestants) are estimated to be as many as 100 million people. Some predict that, by 2030, China could even become the first Christian country in the world.

Holy Ghostwriters: Behind the Pope's Tweets and Encyclicals

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Francis is now busy with something more magisterial, more doctrinal: a new encyclical. The last one, released in July 2013, was taken from one already much prepared by his predecessor, Benedict XVI. This time, it will be fully his own and deal with "human ecology."

Pope Francis: Moving the Church Forward on the Modern Family, One Step at a Time

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Even though he is the mighty "sovereign pontiff," he also knows he cannot just simply impose touchy pastoral shifts overnight without harming the Church's unity. As a former archbishop coming from "the end of the world," the Argentinian pope does not want Rome to solely decide.

Pope Francis: A 'Homebody' Out in the World Who Has Never Been to the United States

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Sébastien Maillard

Pope Francis' best asset is his lasting popularity outside his own Church. His limits are his own physical capacity. He told reporters he gave himself "two or three years" before death. He does not rule out retirement before then.