Tag: Pope Francis

Papal visit comes with a high price tag

A crowd gathers to see the Pope

This weekend, Pope Francis became the fourth leader of the Catholic Church to visit the United States, making stops in Washington, D.C.; New York; and Philadelphia. Papal visits draw massive crowds which can be difficult for a city’s infrastructure and bank account to bear.   Organizations such as World Meeting of Families and the federal… Read More

Israel disappointed In Vatican treaty recognizing the state of Palestine

The Vatican City at dusk

The Vatican’s formal recognition of the state of Palestine was a means to start the peacemaking process between Palestine and Israel, but Israel doesn’t seem to be taking the bait.   A treaty was announced last Wednesday that officially recognized the state of Palestine in the eyes of the Vatican. This symbolic gesture of international relations… Read More

Spanish Queen Letizia Sweeps Royal Fashion Scene

Move over, Kate Middleton. There is a new stylish royal clasping the throne. Recently named the Queen of Spain, Princess Letizia has been making a name for herself in the style department. Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, queen and wife to King Felipe VI, who became king on Jun. 19, has relished time in the public eye… Read More

Faith & Politics: Pope Francis Visits The Holy Land

Pope Francis prays at the "Separation Wall" encircling Bethlehem. Uncredited/AP

The defining image of Pope Francis’ inaugural trip to the Holy Land was simple enough.   In transit to an open-air mass in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, the pontiff made an unscheduled stop at the “Separation Wall.” A graffitied concrete behemoth widely viewed as a symbol of division and conflict, the Wall surrounds Bethlehem on three… Read More