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Pope Francis, the Prince of the Personal by David Brooks: “Francis offers a model on two great questions: How do you deeply listen and learn? How do you uphold certain moral standards, while still being loving and merciful to those you befriend?”

Pope Francis’s actions speak louder than his words by E.J. Dionne: “But seeing Francis only as a player in our political fights is misleading. To begin with, he is — both spiritually and politically — far more radical than most Americans, including most liberals. While he has been quite specific on some political questions (the climate and immigration especially), what characterizes his mission is an effort to turn our notions of who counts and who has the strongest claim on our attention upside down.”

Pope Francis’s Radical Authenticity Is Revolutionizing the Catholic Church by Elizabeth Bruenig: “Amid the uncertainties of our time, Francis has emerged as a source of moral leadership, and has been widely hailed as a thoroughgoing Christian reformer in the style of John XXIII. Francis’s reputation as a radical reformer has earned him as much adulation as reproach, and the world still seems—on the eve of his visit to the United States—fixated on his every word, as he stands poised to provide steady moral direction in troubled times.”

Pope Francis’ ‘Laudato Si’’ Is a Game Changer by Dan Misleh: “More and more, care for creation is being integrated into the fabric of the church’s life.”

The lampooning of Pope Francis: Shame on George Will by Stephen Schneck: “You are certainly free to disagree with Pope Francis, Mr. Will. You are certainly free to disagree with Catholic teachings and to contest them in any forum. But surely you would agree that the American public square should long ago have forsworn the ridicule of others’ religious teachings and the person of their religious leaders.”

Pope Francis could reframe the US religious freedom debate by John Allen: “It remains to be seen whether religious freedom will be part of the pope’s message in the United States, and how much emphasis he gives it. If Francis does make a push, the impact could extend far beyond the fate of the contraception mandates. Francis could offer Americans a different way of thinking about the issue, potentially giving people on all sides in the United States a reason to feel invested in preserving the Church’s “freedom, means, and space.”

Why Do You Harden Your Hearts? by Michael Sean Winters: “This is a great moment in the life of the Church, and those of us who truly believe that Pope Francis’ papacy is a unique opportunity to re-orient the Church around the Gospel, not the culture wars, need to step up to the plate, call out the fringe, challenge those who are serious to listen, truly listen, and hope and pray that we will all have the grace to be moved in the Spirit by this wonderful pastor of the Church.”

Challenge us, Pope Francis by John Cavadini: “But beyond the call to leave one’s personal comfort zone and to accept certain sacrifices and inconveniences for the common good, Pope Francis has asked enough searching questions applicable to our culture for everyone, Catholic and otherwise, to feel some discomfort in hearing them.”

Francis 2.0 emerges in America: Pope and Church are a package deal by John Allen: “Without sacrificing his charismatic, populist edge, Francis appears determined to reinsert himself into the context of the Church he leads, and the teaching and world view it represents.”

Democrats miss opportunity to support women by Kristen Day: “The 20-week ban is not radical.  As many senators pointed out this week, the U.S. is one of seven countries that allow late-term abortion.  We are one of the few developed nations that do not ban abortion beyond 20 weeks.  This is a moral impasse for one of the richest countries: not to stand up for the unborn, considering that we have the means to provide additional help to parents as needed.”

The Pope, Partisanship and the Common Good by Andrew Hanauer and Eric LeCompte: “Francis is clear about the challenges we face. Poverty and inequality are at the top of the list. Since he became Pope, Francis has skillfully and specifically connected religious teachings on poverty and compassion to the actual debt, tax and trade policies that shape our global economy.”

Biden Interview Starts New Conversations in Abortion Debate by Zac Davis: “Despite the intensified rhetoric coming from certain special interest groups, American views on abortion don’t fall neatly into the expected partisan binaries. As Charlie Camosy has said before in this space,  63 percent of Republicans, for instance, want abortion to be legal. 21 million Democrats identify as pro-life. 73 percent of Americans overall want abortion banned after 12 weeks.”

As long as Assad’s barrel bomb blitz continues, Syrians will flee in droves by Amina Tawfic: “We Syrians have been detained, tortured, disappeared and placed under starvation sieges. And now, our biggest killer of all has become the bombs dropped from the regime’s planes and helicopters on to our neighbourhoods every day.”

On Fact-Free Flamboyance: George Will vs. Pope Francis by Anthony Annett: “This is the way to understand how the pope views markets. He knows that the market alone cannot solve problems like social inclusion and environmental sustainability. He is less opposed to market itself than the ideology of the market—what he calls a “magical conception” of the market or a “deified” market. And it seems that George Will is a sworn brother in this ideological cult.”

Pope Francis’ Fight For Women & Against Poverty Makes Me Proud to Be a Catholic by Melinda Gates: “When the Pope talks about the fight against poverty, he is also talking about a better life for women and girls in particular.”

San Diego bishop: Pope’s model of church one of transformation by Tom Roberts: “‘I believe what he is telling us,’ said McElroy, ‘is that our notion of the life issues has been impoverished and too truncated. What we’ve done is place them in two hermetically sealed boxes,’ one labeled dignity issues and the other life issues. ‘He’s saying all of them are life issues,’ said McElroy, that economic matters and poverty and the environment are all life issues as well as dignity issues.”