Michelle Boorstein

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Pope's plain talking stirs fresh debate

Oct 2, 2013

Pope's plain talking stirs fresh debate

Pope Francis cranked up his charm offensive on the world outside the Vatican on Tuesday, saying in his second widely shared media interview in two weeks that each person “must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them.”

Alexis was atypical Buddhist

| Sep 22, 2013

Alexis was atypical Buddhist

Aaron Alexis had a gold Buddha in his room, a regular meditation practice and a gun with him “at all times,” according to a friend. At one point, he aspired to be a monk. He wound up a killer. Of the many details that ...

Savvy pope wooing the Catholic middle

Sep 21, 2013

Savvy pope wooing the Catholic middle

On Thursday, Pope Francis said in a historic interview that the Catholic Church talks too much about abortion. The following day, he gave his most forceful anti-abortion comments to date. What’s the strategy here? Since becoming pope last spring, Francis has electrified people with ...

Rise of Jesuit to papacy surprises cerebral order's membership

Mar 22, 2013

Rise of Jesuit to papacy surprises cerebral order's membership

Pope Francis belongs to the Jesuits, a religious order whose members take an unusual — and at the moment seemingly ironic — vow: not to strive for a higher office. The Jesuits’ culture of modesty and self-effacement has been on full display in recent ...