Papal Visits

Writing in the New York Times, Ross Douthat reflects on how papal visits are usually positive affairs:

there is a common thread that binds Benedict’s success despite low expectations and often-savage coverage and Francis’s success amid high enthusiasm and generally-fawning coverage: Secularism is weaker than many people think.

If you think of the “Francis moments” that have caught people’s imaginations during the 18 months he’s been pope, what do they say — not about Francis — but about people? What do they say about the hopes and expectations and values of the people watching him?

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