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Francis: out of sync with the political times

Pope Francis is becoming a “lone voice in the wilderness”, according to New York Times writer Jason Horowitz. In contrast to St John Paul II, who “provided the spiritual dimension” for the battle against communism, Francis has “fallen decidedly out of sync with the prevailing political times”, Horowitz wrote, citing the election of Donald Trump and “authoritarian” leaders in Poland, Hungary and Russia. Even in Italy, elections in March rewarded the Northern League, an anti-migrant party hostile to the Pope.

Inside the Church, Francis tends to win his battles. “Outside the Church is a different story,” Horowitz wrote. “Francis has often found himself on the losing side.”

Corpus Christi heads to the Roman suburbs

Pope Francis has changed the Corpus Christi tradition again, reported Fr Anthony Ruff at his site Pray Tell. The procession will take place in parishes in Ostia rather than going from St John Lateran basilica to St Mary Major – a tradition begun by St John Paul II in 1982.

Fr Ruff noted that Francis had made several changes to the tradition already: first, following the Blessed Sacrament on foot – rather than in a wagon that John Paul II had constructed, and when that became too arduous, arriving at St Mary Major by car.

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