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September 11, 2015

Global
Who Is Pope Francis?

Experts discuss the leadership style, psychology, personality, and policies of Pope Francis ahead of his upcoming visit to the United States.

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April 22, 2014

Vatican City
Pope Francis and the Vatican

Kurt Martens leads a conversation on Pope Francis's leadership of the Catholic Church one year after his papal inauguration, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

March 31, 2015

Global
Pope Francis and the Catholic Church

Thomas J. Reese, senior analyst with the National Catholic Reporter, discusses Pope Francis’s work to date and his agenda for 2015, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

December 4, 2017

Southeast Asia
Reflecting on Pope Francis’s Trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh

There was no way that Pope Francis’s trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh last week was going to be uneventful. The trip came in the midst of a massive spasm of violence in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State—…

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November 27, 2017

Southeast Asia
Questions for Pope Francis’s Trip to Myanmar This Week

In an earlier post today, I noted that there remain many questions about the memorandum of understanding that Dhaka and Naypyidaw have supposedly negotiated, allowing at least some Rohingya to return…

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December 5, 2017

Religion
Pope Francis's Apostolic Visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh

Tom Reese, senior analyst at Religion News Service, discusses Pope Francis's apostolic visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh, as part of CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series. Learn m…

September 16, 2015

Global
The Moral Perspectives and Policy Priorities of Pope Francis

John L. Allen Jr., associate editor of the Boston Globe, discusses Pope Francis’s moral perspectives and policy priorities in advance of the papal visit to the United States.

June 18, 2015

Vatican City
How to Read Pope Francis on the Environment

The pope’s encyclical on the environment carries a profoundly religious message about care for the earth, wedded to a new call for activism, say religious scholars Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim.

February 14, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Odds on an African Pope

British, Irish, and Australian bookmakers will place odds on anything. They are already looking at possible successors to Pope Benedict XVI.  The odds change by the minute, but the three favorites in…

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September 20, 2015

Cuba
The Pope’s Cuba Test

The Pope’s visit to Cuba is of course a test of the regime: how much of a crackdown will it undertake to prevent him from seeing a single demonstrator or dissident? But it is also a test of Pope Fra…