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Who’s that with Pope Francis? The seven kinds of people you meet in a papal entourage.

The pope’s entourage is about 100 people, which makes it less of a flock and more of a herd. No, His Holiness is not trailed by a stylist and personal trainer, although there <i>is</i> a papal physician and a few attendants in charge of wardrobe. When you’re traveling as both a head of state <i>and</i> the leader …

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Pope starts U.S. trip with modesty, tone of conciliation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pope Francis launched his first visit to the United States with a characteristic gesture of humility on Tuesday, and sent a conciliatory message to the world’s wealthiest nation about his frequent criticism of capitalism.<p>After a red carpet welcome by President Barack Obama at …


Francis is the reform pope we need

<b>(CNN) —</b> No one on Earth is without their critics. That includes Pope Francis, a man who may outpace Pope John XXIII as a Reform Pope. The latter's blessing of a helicopter in 1959 was big news, and seems almost quaint now in comparison with his successor.<p>It's simply impossible to outpace or out do …


As the pope visits Washington, organized religion’s political dominance ebbs

With the papal visit and Ben Carson-inspired talk of whether a certain religion is fit for the presidency occupying the headlines this week, you would be forgiven if you developed the impression that the relationship between Americans and their respective faiths remains extra strong.<p>The United …


On flight to US, Pope Francis confesses: ‘I’m not really a leftie’ – video

During his flight from Cuba to the US, Pope Francis tells reporters that impressions of him being ‘a bit of a leftie’ are wrong. He says his true doctrine, on issues ranging from the environment to social justice, is that of the church. ‘If it is necessary for me to recite the Creed, I am willing …