The Pope of Latin America

There are countries in the world where the history has been so brutal, so humiliating, and so unreconciled, that it has become part of the national iconography—sometimes to a degree that can startle foreign visitors. Bolivia’s President, Evo Morales, luridly underscored this point during Pope Francis’s recent visit there. In a ceremony that was held in front of television cameras, Morales handed the Pope the gift of a wooden crucifix made in the shape of a hammer and sickle. The...

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