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Francis' Gaze


As Pope Francis arrives in America, he brings a message of compassion, justice, and social responsibility. His voice is loving, his gaze forgiving, and his words challenging: be responsible — for each other, particularly for the marginalized and the poor, and for the planet itself. Coming out of a tragic American summer, I can think of no group more deserving of Francis’ beneficent gaze than our African American communities.

The murders of nine exemplary black members of Charleston’s A.M.E. church on June 17 were so brutal and unjust that they defy understanding. Deranged as they...

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