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Bologna’s Lercaro pointed to a papacy 50 years before its time

In a sense, Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro of Bologna could have been Pope Francis a half-century before the fact, since he was a serious candidate to be pope in the 1962 conclave, reportedly drawing around 20 votes at his peak, before giving way to St. Paul VI instead.

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Could pre-existing divisions hamper Catholic recovery from pandemic?

Italians of all stripes believe the country theoretically is capable of exiting this crisis in good shape, but pre-existing ideological and political divides will prevent it. That’s an examination of conscience the Catholic Church might profitably undertake as well.

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