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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.

President Donald Trump in front of the Warsaw Uprising Monument on July 6, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Save Poland From Itself

Reagan intervened to rescue Poland from authoritarianism. Trump should do the same thing.

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.

This photo taken on May 11, 2016 shows villagers outside the Catholic church in Changjing, in China's southern Guangxi region.
The finishing touches are being put to a new museum in Dingan, the village where French missionary Auguste Chapdelaine died in 1856 and just a few kilometres from Changjing where he lived, celebrating the patriotism of his execution and condemning the spiritual opium of religion. / AFP / GREG BAKER / TO GO WITH China-culture-religion-Roman-Catholic-politics,FEATURE by Benjamin Carlson        (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Pope Francis Ditching Taiwan For China?

The Vatican is one of Taipei's few remaining political allies, but the Holy Father's desire to deal with the mainland may end that.

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.

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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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.

A picture is projected on the cupola of St. Peters Basilica during the show Fiat Lux : Illuminating Our Common Home, on December 8, 2015 at the Vatican. Images by some of the world's greatest environmental photographers, including Sebastião Salgado, Joel Sartore, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Louie Schwartzberg, are projected in solidarity with COP21 talks in Paris. It is also part of the inauguration of the Roman Catholic Churchs yearlong Jubilee of Mercy, which starts today.  AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI / AFP / TIZIANA FABI        (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

At the Vatican, All Creatures Great and Small

All things bright and beautiful, the Vatican displayed them all during a St. Peter's Square light show to start the Catholic Jubilee.

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Will Pope Francis’s Visit With Kim Davis Undermine a Successful U.S. Trip?

Pope Francis secretly met with Kim Davis, one of the most outspoken opponents of gay marriage.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 26: A police officer takes a photo of a group holding "Pope Emoji" smasks while they wait for Pope Francis to arrive at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on September 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After visiting Washington and New York City, Pope Francis concludes his tour of the U.S. with events in Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

It’s Always Sunny in Pope-adelphia: Cheering for Pope Francis in the City That Booed Santa

For some Philadelphia residents just trying to get on with their lives in Pope-istan, the papal visit begged the question: “What’s gotten into our city?”

Pope Francis celebrates the Easter mass on March 31, 2013 at the Vatican. Pope Francis prepared to lead his first Easter Sunday celebrations with tens of thousands of people expected in St Peter's Square for a mass marking the holiest day in the Christian calendar.  AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI        (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI,ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

What to Expect When You’re Expecting the Pope

Pope Francis may be the people’s pontiff. But he’s also here on a mission to evangelize.

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Donald Trump and Pope Francis Have a Lot In Common, Says Former Trump Ally

Pope Francis and Donald Trump share a key personality rate that's fueled their rise.

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Pope Francis Apologizes for Church’s Colonial Sins

During a speech on Thursday before the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Pope Francis apologized directly for the “grave sins” committed by the church in service of colonialism, building on the penance of the pontiffs who preceded him.

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