Putin’s Trip to Italy Is Actually Pretty Important. Meetings with Pope Francis
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Putin’s Trip to Italy Is Actually Pretty Important. Meetings with Pope Francis

President Putin’s upcoming trip to Italy is much more important than some people might think because it represents further progress being reached on a “New Detente”, and could help improve Orthodox-Catholic relations after his scheduled meeting with the Pope. *** President Putin will be in Italy later this week to meet with the country’s leadership,…

Why Does Pope Francis Hate Western Nationalism But Ignore the UAE’s Arab Variant?
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Why Does Pope Francis Hate Western Nationalism But Ignore the UAE’s Arab Variant?

The Pope recently visited the UAE in what was the first time in history that a Catholic Pontiff set foot on the Arabian Peninsula, symbolically occurring in the context of an inter-religious conference hosted by the comparatively tolerant UAE. The Emirates wants to establish itself as a bastion of stability and interfaith harmony in the…

A CIA Lucky Break? How the Death of the ‘Smiling Pope’ Helped Washington Win the Cold War
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A CIA Lucky Break? How the Death of the ‘Smiling Pope’ Helped Washington Win the Cold War

The sudden death of Pope John Paul I, exactly 40 years ago today, stunned the world. The ‘Smiling Pope’ had only served for 33 days. His demise and replacement by John Paul II marked an important turning point in the old Cold War. The year 1978, as I argued in a previous op-ed, was the…