Category Archives: The Vatican

It’s Not What the Pope Said About Gays, It’s How He Said It

My piece on the Pope and homosexuals has just been published by Time. At first glance, Pope Francis’ statement on homosexuality, delivered today in an impromptu press conference aboard the papal plane, seemed to indicate a remarkable break with church tradition. “If someone … Continue reading

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For First Time, the Vatican Enters Prestigious Venice Biennale

My piece on the Vatican’s pavilion in the Venice Biennale has just been published by Time. The first thing visitors will see when they enter the Vatican Pavilion at the Venice Biennale—an art show dedicated to the modern and cutting edge—will … Continue reading

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As Cardinals Choose a New Pope, Romans Hope for a Spike in Business

Bloomberg Businessweek has just published my story on the papal conclave’s hoped for business boom. In 2005, during the funeral of Pope John Paul II, the cobblestone streets near St. Peter’s Basilica flowed with the faithful. They had come to … Continue reading

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New Pope Shows Eye for Symbolism

My piece on Pope Francis’s media savvy has just been published by Time. As a Cardinal, Jorge Mario Bergoglio didn’t always have the smoothest relations with the press. Said to be shy, he gave few interviews, preferring to address his congregation … Continue reading

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The Pope Tweets with You: Benedict XVI Joins the Twitterverse

My piece on the Pope’s first Tweet has just been published by Time. At first glance, the Pope taking to Twitter has the taste of anachronism: an 85-year-old pontiff, who still writes in longhand, tapping out messages 140 characters at a … Continue reading

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The Vatican Sentences the Pope’s Butler: Is a Pardon on the Way?

Time has just published my story on the verdict on the trial of the Pope’s butler. Paolo Gabriele, the former butler to Pope Benedict XVI who was convicted Saturday of leaking the pontiff’s personal papers, has been sentenced to year and half … Continue reading

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The Pope’s Butler Testifies: Innocent of Theft, Guilty of Betrayal?

Time has just published my story on the testimony the Pope’s butler gave during his trial. Before Paolo Gabriele turned himself in to Vatican authorities for passing Pope Benedict XVI’s personal papers to the press last May, he wanted to do … Continue reading

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The Trial of the Pope’s Butler and How the Vatican Works

Time has just published my story on the trial of the Pope’s butler. It was what passes for transparency at the Vatican. Only eight reporters were permitted to attend the opening session on Saturday of the trial of the former … Continue reading

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An Interview with the Discoverer of ‘Jesus’ Wife’

My conversation, with Karen King, the scholar who claims to have discovered “The Gospel of Mary,” has just been published by Time. When Karen King, a historian of early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School, unveiled last week a fragment of … Continue reading

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The Vatican vs. the Rebel Nuns: A Summit in the Holy See

Time has just published my story ab out the conflict between the Vatican and American nuns. The meeting had been billed as a showdown. In reality, it had more the flavor of two opponents sizing each other up. Afterward, the … Continue reading

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