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  • After the two synods on the family convened in October 2014 and 2015, the publication of Pope Francis’s highly anticipated apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, or “The Joy of Love,” had raised hopes and concerns before he’d even written it.
  • The problems related to migration still capture headlines, but Italy is successfully spearheading the European Union toward revision of its outmoded ruling that migrants apply for asylum solely in the country of first entry. Migration compensates for the declining birth rate, and migrants also have success stories.
  • Art & Culture
    Martha Ciampi(January 07, 2016)
    Back in 1992 Rome-based correspondent David Willey published his book God’s Politician, reflecting his 50 trips worldwide with Pope John Paul II. Another of his books, Italians, was the result of his 10-part BBC series on fascinating individuals from all over Italy. Now his latest book, "The Promise of Francis, about Pope Francis", has just been published by Simon & Schuster. Here is our exclusive interview with David Willey about his experience of covering the Vatican for the BBC for forty years.
  • Op-Eds
    (November 13, 2015)
    All eyes this week were turned across the Tiber and toward St. Peter's, where Pope Francis has stumbled twice in the past 10 days, and the Church itself has been bruised by two new books which document alleged grave financial abuse inside the Vatican. The Church has launched a probe into the two Italian authors over revelations of confidential documents, but for some the issue at stake is freedom of the Italian press.
  • We can’t become men without engaging our fellow man. That seems to be the slogan of Pope Francis’ trip to the United States, during which he will become the first pope in history to speak before Congress in Washington, D.C., before appearing at the United Nations in New York and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
  • Nevertheless, only a new Council can grant Francis the ability to ensure global reform and fulfill the proposals of the Second Vatican Council. He needs the support of the entire Church, not just the battle cries of the crowds in Saint Peter’s or the outcry of the media.
  • Facts & Stories
    Judith Harris(September 09, 2013)
    One hundred thousand people converged in St. Peter's Square Saturday evening in response to Pope Francis's appeal to believers, including Muslims, and non-believers as well, to join together in a day of fasting and prayers for peace in Syria as well as in Lebanon, Irak, Palestine, Israel and Egypt. The Pontiff's message was clear and emphatic: "Let the cry for peace rise up across the earth," he declared. This was Pope Francis's first important entry into the sphere of international diplomacy. The massive participation also demonstrated, as do the crowds flocking to the Wednesday papal audiences, the Pontiff's extraordinary popularity and influence.