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Pomp and Popery


In the end, the pope's Northeast corridor swing will be a colorful blur, the medium of presence and motion being the main message, but it might be different if Francis dwelled on a single theme -- the horror of poverty -- from beginning to end. Not just the immorality of it but concrete proposals to attack it, including a commitment from the church to spend its money and human resources in specific ways.

That might leave a lasting impression. It might also add flesh to the bones of Francis' impassioned stated priority and make visits to poor people more than symbolic.


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October 9-22, 2015


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