Looking back on Pope Francis’ pontificate, which marks its third anniversary on Sunday, one of the most surprising areas where the Holy Father has made the greatest impact is on the international scene.
Despite his wish to resemble a parish priest, his emphasis on being principally the Bishop of Rome, and his preference for being a “homebody” than a traveler, the Holy Father has crisscrossed the globe, visiting 21 countries on five continents in the space of just 36 months.
But extensive papal travel is just one unexpected international aspect of this pontificate. Another involves diplomacy.
From the time of his election, the Holy Father wanted to live up to his Latin appellation of...READ MORE