Magazine September 7, 2015, Issue

Puzzling Out Pope Francis

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Offhand remarks, often reported without context, have shaped his image

Pope Francis probably does not pay close attention to American opinion polls. He is not a politician, and he heads a worldwide institution. Moreover, he seems less concerned about the United States, and developed countries generally, than some of his predecessors have been. If he did look at the polls — perhaps one of his aides has thought to direct his attention to the Gallup results from July as he prepares to come here in September — he would be relieved to discover that 59 percent of Americans think favorably of him. That’s better than Pope Benedict did, if not

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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