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Pope Francis

The former archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio succeeded Pope Benedict XVI following his retirement in early 2013. Pope Francis represents many firsts for the Catholic Church, including the first pope from the Americas, the first from the Jesuit tradition, and the first to take the name Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi.

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  • Will the Church Stop Shaming People Who 'Live in Sin'? - The Atlantic
    But with or without substantive doctrinal changes, this intervention—one that reporters admittedly still have limited information about—suggests there's a softer postural debate happening alongside the pastoral debate. The Church may still consider it a sin to have sex before marriage, but leaders can change the way they talk about it—lighter on the shame, heavier on the spiritual guidance.
  • Is James Foley a martyr? A brutal death sparks a faith-based debate
    Ssome worry that Foley is being promoted as a martyr in part because he can serve as a Christian rallying cry against extremist Islam, or as a way of building momentum for a more forceful Western intervention in Iraq.

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