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April 30, 2013

Pope Francis has received an enormous amount of good will in his early days as pontiff.

Some of that is natural. There is normally a honeymoon period fpr a new pope.

Some of it is also due to his personal style. He comes off to many as simple, humble, energetic, and engaged with his flock.

Because of his personal...

April 23, 2013

In the period leading up to a conclave, the cardinals of the Church gather in a series of meetings that are known as the “general congregations.”

In these meetings, they are allowed to make brief statements—known as “interventions”—about the problems they feel need to be addressed in the Church and what kind of man the next pope should be.

Before the recent conclave, Cardinal Bergoglio gave an intervention, which didn't even last four minutes but which got the attention of his...