August 13, 2014

Is Francis Shifting Vatican Foreign Policy?

Roland Flamini, World Affairs Journal

The Associated Press

By choosing the minefield of the Holy Land for his first foreign visit (his earlier trip to Brazil had been planned for his predecessor), Francis has given notice that he sees himself as a major player on the international stage -- but it is hardly the first sign.

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TAGGED: Vatican, Pope Francis, Roman Catholic Church, Rome


August 6, 2014
The Birds That Plague the Eternal City
Alan Johnston, BBC Magazine
Rome has been invaded by thousands of gulls - the birds boldly steal food, make a mess on statues and have even attacked the Pope's doves of peace. more ››