Our Top Weekend Reads
The international community responds to the detention of Uighurs in Xinjiang, Pope Francis's visit to indigenous communities angers right-wing Bolivians, and Russian mercenaries are on the ground in Libya.
Catholicism’s Civil War Spills Into Bolivia
The pope is reaching out to indigenous people, and the right aren’t happy.
Italy’s Great Schism
Italian Catholics are deeply divided between traditionalists and supporters of Pope Francis’s liberal vision. Matteo Salvini is seeking to give the Vatican’s detractors a new political home.
Papa, Don’t Preach
Italy’s far-right deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, is publicly attacking the pope in a battle for the country’s soul.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Visiting Sweden, the Pope Sure Had a Lot to Say
Who knew the pope had so many thoughts on Swedish life?
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?
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.
By giving the laity more authority over issues of family life, Pope Francis is embracing a risky strategy for reform.
The Dictator of the Vatican
The “People’s Pope” is not trying to build an inclusive Catholic Church. He’s ruthlessly making it liberal.
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.
Pope Francis and His Many Women Saints
Pope Francis has named more than a dozen women saints in the past three years.