Pope Francis

Henry IV, king of the Germans, surrenders his crown to Pope Gregory VII, who sits enthroned. (Woodcut by John Foxe/Rare Books and Manuscripts Library/Ohio State University Libraries/Wikimedia Commons)

Will Pope Francis Surrender to China?

In capitulating on the issue of bishop appointments, the Vatican would lose a 1,000-year struggle.

Pope Francis in a procession to the Basilica of Santa Sabina before Ash Wednesday mass on February 14, 2018 in Rome. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Is Playacting Realpolitik

The Vatican’s diplomacy with China, and other authoritarian governments, is based on a century-old fantasy of its worldly power.

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on October 14, 2015 at the Vatican. Pope Francis apologised Wednesday on behalf of the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have recently shaken the city of Rome and the Vatican. The Vatican has been the focus of several controversies including the coming out of a gay priest and the leak of a controversial letter, while the pontiff himself ended up in the headlines for a gaffe which helped oust Rome's mayor.  AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO        (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis Should Reject Callista Gingrich as Ambassador (for Adultery)

The pontiff rejected a French ambassador just because he was gay; surely, he should reject Trump's pick for her sins.

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The Pope Urges Trump to Protect Peace and the Planet

Pope Francis may have promised not to judge President Trump, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t take the chance to educate him.

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Pope to Trump, World Leaders: Don’t Abandon the Paris Climate Change Pact

Pope Francis urged world leaders to tackle climate change in an address on Monday. But his message evidently didn’t reach Trump Tower.

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Visiting Sweden, the Pope Sure Had a Lot to Say

Who knew the pope had so many thoughts on Swedish life?

VATICAN, VATICAN CITY - MAY 14: Pope Francis holds a Jubilee audience under pouring rain on May 14, 2016 in the Vatican, Vatican City. Pope Francis invited the faithful to recognise and question those who show compassion to animals while ignoring the suffering neighbour.  (Photo by Andrea Franceschini/Corbis via Getty Images)

What Happens When You Replace a Just War With a Just Peace

Can the Catholic Church put an end to centuries of sanctioning war, and start promoting peace instead?

VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - APRIL 29:  U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) greets Pope Francis (R) upon his arrival before Pope Francis receives in audience the participants at the international conference promoted by the Pontifical Council for Culture on the progress of regenerative medicine and its cultural impact, at Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican City, Vatican on April 29, 2016. (Photo by Riccardo De Luca/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Joe Biden On Confessions, Cars, and Holy Wagers

In unscripted moment at the Vatican, the U.S. veep seeks absolution not for betting on cars, but for losing.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JANUARY 16:  Pope Francis waves to thousands of followers as he arrives at the Manila Cathedral on January 16, 2015 in Manila, Philippines. Pope Francis will visit venues across Leyte and Manila during his visit to the Philippines from January 15 - 19. The visit is expected to attract crowds in the millions as Filipino Catholics flock to catch a glimpse of the leader of the Catholic Church in the Philippines for the first time since 1995. The Pope will begin the tour in Manila, then travelling to Tacloban to visit areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan before returning to Manila to hold a mass at Rizal Park. The Philippines is the only Catholic majority nation in Asia with around 90 percent of the population professing the faith.  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Democracy, Vatican-Style

By giving the laity more authority over issues of family life, Pope Francis is embracing a risky strategy for reform.

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Pope Francis leads the Chrism Mass for Holy Thursday on March 24, 2016 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican.   AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI / AFP / TIZIANA FABI        (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Dictator of the Vatican

The “People’s Pope” is not trying to build an inclusive Catholic Church. He’s ruthlessly making it liberal.

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Pope Francis Evolves on the Divorced and Unmarried But Stands Firm Against Gay Marriage

Pope Francis opens the church doors to the divorced and nontraditional couples, but stands by gay marriage ban.

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Pope Francis and His Many Women Saints

Pope Francis has named more than a dozen women saints in the past three years.

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Watch Pope Francis Honor Migrants at the U.S./Mexico Border

Pope Francis placed flowers at the foot of a cross at the U.S./Mexico border to honor those who died trying to cross it.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill holds the Holly Light during an Orthodox Easter service in Moscow, early on April 20, 2014.  AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOV        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Pontiff and the Patriarch

Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill are set to bridge a 1,000-year gulf.

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