Heeding the Pope's Real Warning

He's diagnosed a problem much larger than even climate change.

The pontiff's critique of today's world is incisive.

Photographer: Franco Origlia

Religious traditions have never before seemed more prone to abuse by demagogues and authoritarians. The depredations of Islamic fundamentalists are all-too-familiar. The rhetoric and actions of Jewish millenarians in Israel, Orthodox Christians in Russia, Hindu fanatics in India, and Protestant fundamentalists in America reveal a broader spectacle of hatred and greed.

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