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All Things Catholic

Francis shows political instincts in naming antiabuse panel

Obama to meet Francis, cardinal vs. cardinal on divorce and remarriage, and the death of Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang

Pope Francis captured the imagination of the world within hours after his election a year ago through his flashes of humility, and that’s not just a PR facade. In Argentina, he was known as a “bishop of the villas,” referring to the vast slums that ring Buenos Aires, because he had a special love for the poor.

Yet one should never forget that beneath that simple exterior lies the mind of a brilliant Jesuit politician. Some Argentines believe he may actually rival Juan and Evita Perón for the title of best set of political instincts the country ever produced.

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