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Pope Francis Must Proclaim A Message Of Hope - His Role Is Not A CEO

Reforming a broken Vatican is important, but the true job of the Roman pontiff is to proclaim the Gospel. Is Pope Francis, the Argentine-born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, that man?

Not a manager or a policeman -- but a true man of God
Not a manager or a policeman -- but a true man of God
Andrea Tornielli

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VATICAN CITY - At the end of the conclave, the man who emerged as Pope Francis, the Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, must be able to show hope to a humanity that truly needs to see such a sign. No, the new pope should not just be a manager in charge of restructuring the Roman Curia -- this image emerged from the discussions of the cardinals -- nor a policeman, called to pull the undisciplined back into line.

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Is Soft Power Dead?

With an activist Supreme Court creating a gap between democratic rhetoric and reality in the U.S., and Russia and China eager to flex military muscle, the full-force return to hard power looks bound for dominance.

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Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — Russia's war in Ukraine rages on, tensions are erupting in the South China Sea and now abortion rights are being stripped away in the U.S.: Looking around the world, we have to ask: what is left of the notion of soft power?

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How can we talk about the power to convince when the power to coerce is increasingly the norm? And when there is such a gap between rhetoric and reality in the U.S. and in Russia and China, hard power almost seems to have become part of soft power?

“We will lead the world not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example,” Joe Biden said the day after his election. But what kind of example was he talking about? That of the Supreme Court’s judges, whose decision promises a terrible future to women and to all those who still wanted to believe in an enlightened and liberal America?

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