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From columnist Michael Gerson, stirring insights into Pope Francis


I am a regular reader of Michael Gerson, whose column in the Washington Post I find to be one of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking from the conservative point of view. He is both politically and religiously conservative (a graduate of Wheaton College, self described as an Evangelical Christian liberal arts institution) so his thoughts on Pope Francis come from outside the tribe. I first heard him discussing Francis last December during the second dialogue presented by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University. I was moved then by his insights.

Families and Francis


Who were the families that formed Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio's understanding of family life in Argentina? What did these families tell the future pope? What did he learn from them? Those were the research questions with which we dispatched Soli Salgado, NCR Bertelsen intern, to Buenos Aires.

Jesuit parish in Havana hopes for unscheduled visit by Francis


Parishioners at one Jesuit-run parish in a more rough-and-tumble neighborhood here are hoping that Pope Francis might make an unscheduled stop-in Sunday on his way to visit with Cuban President Raul Castro.

Staff at Havana's parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Ignatius of Loyola were mopping the floors of the expansive church in extraordinarily hot and humid weather Friday, just in case the pope does stop by.


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October 9-22, 2015


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