FROM Josephine McKenna
Pope Francis and Catholic Culture Shock The first modern Pope from outside Europe is much more than the world celebrity he's become since arriving in Rome from Argentina in 2013. One biographer says he's not just a man, but a movement leader -- focused on shifting the cutting edge of Roman Catholic power. He's chosen new cardinals from Myanmar, Cape Verde and Tonga — not Milan, Madrid or Los Angeles — and he's publicly scolded the Vatican establishment . His focus on poverty has Rush Limbaugh labeling him a "Communist." What will it mean for Catholics in Europe, the US, and the developing world?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?