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PowerLinks – 03.19.13

Russian Church pins high hopes on Pope Francis Pavel Korobov, Kommersant “We see a big area here where we can work together with the Roman Catholic Church,” said Metropolitan Hilarion. “I hope this alliance between us will develop under the new pontiff.” The Weight of Totalitarian Ideology Peter Mentzel, Law and Liberty Blog Twenty years have passed since the downfall of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and its satellites in Eastern and Central Europe. Continue Reading...

Video: A Humble Pope

Last week, Acton president and co-founder, Rev. Robert Sirico, and operations manager of Istituto Acton, Michael Severance, were featured on Reuters TV discussing Pope Francis’ humility and frugality. Continue Reading...

Michael Miller: Pope Francis Says Human Person is at Center of Economy

In today’s American Spectator, Acton’s Michael Matheson Miller focuses on Pope Francis’ “street smarts“: a man who knows poverty and economics at the most important and basic level. It’s a counter-intuitive tale of one of Latin America’s most significant bishops living in modest lodgings, cooking his own meals, and riding the crowded public transportation system in Buenos Aires. Continue Reading...

Audio: Rev. Robert A. Sirico on Pope Francis and Service to the Poor

Rev. Robert A. Sirico, President of the Acton Institute, spoke from Rome with WJR’s Warren Pierce on Sunday morning about the new pontificate of Pope Francis. Sirico takes some time to discuss the character and style of Francis, and notes the following: This pontificate offers a real deep potential corrective to the misunderstanding of social justice… He has emphasized the poor but he has also been a fierce opponent of liberation theology. Continue Reading...

Protestants and the Roman Pontiff

Billy Graham meets John Paul II in 1981. Carl Trueman of Westminster Seminary makes some salient points about why Protestants should pay any attention at all to the doings in Vatican City (HT: Justin Taylor): Some may wonder what the point of reflecting on Rome is for a Protestant. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 03.18.13

Eric Metaxas CPAC Speech on Religious Freedom Eric Metaxas You may know that Josef Stalin in a battle with the Catholic Church once asked: “How many divisions does the Pope have?” It’s an ugly moment in American history when the current Presidential administration is taking a page out of the book of Josef Stalin . Continue Reading...