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Reframing Pope Francis

In John Paul II, the Church had a strikingly original philosopher; in Benedict XVI, one of the world’s finest theologians; and in Francis, a distinguished spiritual director. Instead of contesting traditional Catholic notions, Francis assumes them.

A real-life IVF dilemma in Hollywood

Vergara is the highest-paid actress in American television. Loeb is New York "royalty". Vergara, who is Catholic, refuses to allow the embryos to be brought to term with a surrogate mother; Loeb, who is not, insists that they have a right to life.