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Pope Francis Tells Trump That Climate Change Is Real and Solidarity Is Key

The pontiff gave the president a going-away present at their meeting Wednesday—a copy of his encyclical on the challenge of climate change.

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Can the Pope Save Trump?

If anyone ever needed a conversion experience—and fast—it is President Trump.

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Filipino Women Are Key in Resistance to Duterte

The first installment of a two-part series investigates the brutality and rampant misogyny that the Philippines president has visited upon his country.

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Pope Francis Puts Migrant Rights Front and Center—and Some Americans May Not Like It

The head of the Catholic Church has chosen to battle anti-migrant forces, despite divisions his position could create among his U.S. followers.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Pope Francis, Who Embodies the Teachings of Christ

Much like the man whose birthday many will celebrate Sunday, the pope has dedicated his life to caring for the most vulnerable members of society. He’s also trying to bring the Catholic Church into the new millennium amid significant turmoil.

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Catholic Controversy Sparked by WikiLeaks Will Continue Long After 2016 Election

To hear the many howls of protest from conservatives, you’d think that a handful of emails demonstrates that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is a nest of anti-Catholics.

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Where Is Our Martin Luther King Jr.?

We need more humble prophets—to remind the skeptical that religion, which can indeed be divisive, is also a moral prod and an intellectual spark. But such figures are hard to find in this election year.

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Pope Francis: Capitalism Is ‘Terrorism Against All of Humanity’

The pontiff argues that the modern economy’s worship of the “god of money” leads to disenfranchisement and extremism.

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Pope and French Muslims Try Muslim-Christian Outreach Instead of ‘War on Terror’ Polarization

Pope Francis said four things about Islam in the wake of the brutal murder of an elderly priest by two teenagers of North African heritage in Normandy last Tuesday, and his remarks will be unwelcome to right-wing politicians in Europe and North America.

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Pope Francis Abandons Proposal to Prosecute Bishops for Covering Up Abuse

Although the pontiff initially proposed a tribunal that would hold bishops accountable for protecting pedophile priests, he announced Saturday that he will instead clarify existing legal procedures.

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WATCH: In Vatican City, Bernie Sanders Speaks Out on Economic Injustice

Pope Francis “has given the most powerful name to the predicament of modern society,” Sanders said Friday at a Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences conference: “the globalization of indifference.”

Posted on Apr 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Pope Francis Publishes ‘The Joy of Love,’ a Statement on Family

In the new exhortation, the pontiff tells leaders of the church to be nurturing pastors rather than rigid enforcers of church doctrine.

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Donald Trump’s Tiff With Pope Francis Endangers His Political Future (Video)

Billionaire bigot Donald Trump’s tiff with Pope Francis continued Thursday, though Trump appeared to have gotten cold feet about taking on the pontiff toward the end of day.

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2015 in Review: Marriage Equality, Mass Shootings, Pope Francis and Islamic State

Despite conservative backlash against same-sex weddings in 2015, ministers who support them can now fully practice their religions. Meanwhile, hateful rhetoric from Donald Trump and others means patriotic and law-abiding Muslims face a rising tide of hate crimes.

Posted on Dec 24, 2015 READ MORE



The Best Truthdig Cartoons of 2015

Here are some of the top cartoons that tickled Truthdig readers’ funny bones this year.

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2015 in Review: Amid the Gloom Covering Our Planet, Some Rays of Light

On the winter solstice, a Truthdig review of the year’s environmental stories finds cause for hope in our poison-riddled world.

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Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? (Video)

Wheaton College suspended a tenured professor of political science for quoting Pope Francis in saying that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. So, do they?

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 READ MORE



Pope Francis: To Address ‘Grave Environmental Crisis,’ Build Social Justice

“In effect, there is a clear link between the protection of nature and the building of a just and equitable social order,” the pontiff said at the start of his first visit to Africa.

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Pope Francis Hails ‘Time of Mercy’ as Synod Ends at the Vatican

Pope Francis marked the end of a lengthy bishops’ summit Sunday in his homily at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Pope Met Gay Student in Washington; Kim Davis Meeting Was Arranged by Anti-Gay Cleric

Pope Francis’ meeting with the anti-gay-marriage Kentucky county clerk was arranged by an archbishop with known anti-gay sentiments, the Vatican said, and occurred one day after the pontiff met with a gay former student and his boyfriend.

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Vatican Says Pope Francis’ Meeting With Kim Davis Was Misinterpreted

Media commenters mistakenly cast the pope’s meeting with the clerk who refused to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples as an endorsement of her views, the Vatican says.

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No Papal Bull: Francis Hails Peace and the Activists Who Fight for It

Pope Francis has left the building. His first trip to the United States created news at every turn.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE



A Spectacle of Life - Affirming News on the Cusp of the U.N.’s 70th Birthday

The convergence of a papal tour, a Chinese president’s visit, an auto executive’s resignation and a House speaker singing “Zip-a-Dee-Do-Dah” has stirred the winds of civility.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE


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Georgia Officials Disregard Pope Francis’ Clemency Plea on Behalf of Death Row Inmate

Despite the pontiff’s best efforts, he couldn’t persuade a Georgia parole board to grant clemency for Kelly Gissendaner, a death row inmate due to be executed Tuesday evening.

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Supreme Court Preview: The Pope Casts a Long Shadow Over the New Term

Francis’ full-throated opposition to the death penalty puts him at the opposite end of the moral universe from Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

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5 Nuttiest Right-Wing Moments This Week: ‘Respectable’ Marco Rubio Spins Insane Conspiracy Theory

And the Donald waves his Bible at the hard-right Christian panderfest.

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VIDEO: Chris Hedges on Pope Francis: ‘He Has Not Stood Up and Offered an Alternative’

While Pope Francis “has moved the church back into the realm of reality,” says Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, “I don’t think by any stretch of the imagination he can be called a radical.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Pope Francis Elevates the Discourse on Capitol Hill

“God bless America” sounds banal coming from politicians but profound when spoken by the shepherd of 1.2 billion souls. In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis delivered a blessing of encouragement, not admonition—and spoke powerfully about the hot-button issues that keep our political leaders mired in bitter gridlock.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE



Top U.S. Scientist: Pope’s Climate Push Is ‘Raving Nonsense’ Without Population Control

Without detracting from the moral significance of the pope’s message, a leading U.S. scientist has pointed out that the pontiff’s call for action on climate change is meaningless without a corollary call to limit the size of the human population.

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Pope Francis: He Told Them!

The visiting pontiff presents a moral energy that has been largely absent in our political discourse. In light of his comments, much of what we have heard in the presidential campaign now seems tawdry and small.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE


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Will the U.S. Catholic Church Divest From Fossil Fuels and Buy Solar Panels Instead? (Video)

In his White House address on Wednesday, Pope Francis again brought up the urgent issue of global warming, linking climate change not only to the general welfare of people on earth but especially to the fate of the “excluded”—i.e., the poor.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



The People’s Pope in the Land of the Dollar

Pope Francis seems intent on forging a new, progressive path.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE


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