In Turkey, Pope Francis got a look at Christianity on the margins

VATICAN CITY - Ankara and Istanbul were gray and cold, at least compared to Rome, during Pope Francis' Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey. And the general reception, outside of the pope's official meetings, was hardly warmer. There were none of the enthusiastic crowds that usually greet him on his trips, no masses waving signs of welcome along his motorcade route or behind police barriers at the stops.

Are we seeing ‘the Francis effect’?

At the American bishops’ fall general meeting last year reporters pressed hard to find signs of the Francis effect. But all they need do now to observe the pope’s impact on the American hierarchy is take a look at the newly installed archbishop of Chicago, Blase Cupich.

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