Under Pope Francis, Vatican Flexes Its Global Political Muscle

Under Pope Francis, Vatican Flexes Its Global Political Muscle
Pope Francis arrives for his weekly audience, the Vatican, May 20, 2015 (AP photo by Andrew Medichini).

Earlier this month, the Vatican concluded a treaty that recognizes the state of Palestine, immediately drawing criticism from Israel. In an email interview, John L. Allen Jr., an associate editor at Crux and expert on Vatican affairs, discussed the Holy See’s foreign policy under Pope Francis. WPR: What changes has Pope Francis effected in Vatican foreign policy, and how do his priorities for the church’s global role differ from those of Pope Benedict XVI? John L. Allen Jr.: There haven’t been major changes in substance in the transition from Benedict to Francis, as it’s the same blend of pro-life and […]

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