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The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable

Commission for Religious Relationships with the Jews

Henry Wansbrough

falling on him! The warmth of Pope Francis’ relations with the Jews of the Argentine is well known, and his visit to the Holy Land in 2014 was a great stride forward in personal relationship to the two Chief Rabbis of Israel. A series of annual meetings

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Francis, a Criollo Pope

Valentina Napolitano

To consider Pope Francis as a Criollo—a term I use here with its specifically Latin American connotation that contains both emancipatory and repressive histories—is to offer a new anthropological perspective on a current transformative moment

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On the Touch-Event

Theopolitical Encounters

Valentina Napolitano

to the mediatic life of the papacy, in particular that of Pope Francis, the first Latin American and Jesuit pope. I examine these exemplary cases of touch-events in Francis's papacy as mediated affective encounters that transect expected boundaries of

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The Pope's Public Reason

A Religious yet Public Case for Welcoming Refugees

Aurélia Bardon

. Since the beginning of the refugee crisis, Pope Francis has been an influential advocate of the rights of refugees. He quickly became one of the leading voices in the attempt to reframe the public debate. Instead of economic prosperity, security, and

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A Decade of Religion and Society

Sondra L. Hausner, Ruy Llera Blanes, and Simon Coleman

investigates Pope Francis in light of his role as a Criollo, or Creole. Despite a theological premise prominent in Latin America that all humans share the blood of Christ, Francis's literal and symbolic role as a Criollo—both as a child of Italian parents in

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Imagining Futures of Energy

Views from Central Asia

Markus S. Schulz

fit well with Pope Francis’s recently published encyclical Laudatio Si , in which he emphasized a responsible stewardship of nature. A special pavilion was dedicated to an exposition of “Best Practices” selected from an international competition. It

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‘Refugees Are Welcome Here!’

How Public Opinion Got Ahead of Government in Summer 2015 and Stayed There

Maurice Wren

calls for change in the UK, as has the visible leadership shown by Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau in Canada, Pope Francis and, closer to home, by Nicola Sturgeon and the devolved governments in Wales and Northern Ireland. I would also suggest that the

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A Love That Lasts Beyond the Grave

Animals, Companionship, and Death in Muslim Societies

Itamar Toussia Cohen

Heaven? Pope Francis Leaves Pearly Gates Open’, reporting that the Pope suggested animals do indeed go to heaven ( Gladstone 2014 ). Lebanese news outlet al-Nahār reported the story under a somewhat more equivocal header, ‘The Pope Shocks the World

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Nigel Dodd

obsession with money as symptomatic of a pathological society. Even Pope Francis joined the chorus of complaint against the cultural damage that can be inflicted by money, lambasting neo-liberalism as the “dictatorship of the economy without purpose nor a

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Interfaith Families

A Christian Perspective

Ulrike Dross-Gehring

and must agree with these conditions. 8 Nonetheless, Pope Francis wrote in his encyclical Amoris Laetitia : ‘Marriages of different faiths represent a privileged place for interfaith dialogue’. But in the Pope's opinion, these marriages ‘bring