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Something Old, Something NewContemporary Entanglements of Religion and Secularity$
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Wayne Glausser

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190864170

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190864170.001.0001

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The Curious Case of Pope Francis

The Curious Case of Pope Francis

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(p.95) Chapter 5 The Curious Case of Pope Francis
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Something Old, Something New
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Wayne Glausser

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190864170.003.0005

Pope Francis has received a great deal of attention for his modern, secular-friendly gestures: he has embraced many people traditionally condemned by the Church (such as LGBT Catholics and divorced women), and he has condemned corporate greed and the degradation of the environment. But Pope Francis has another side that seems contrary to this modernity. He has shown a real passion for archaic devotional practices that many modern Catholics consider superstitious, and he has made it clear that he believes in the Devil as a literal, powerful presence in the world. Francis the Old entangles in thought-provoking ways with Francis the New. This chapter explores the entanglement with analyses of relics, including the Shroud of Turin, and Francis’s preoccupation with the Devil and exorcism.

Keywords:   Pope Francis, relic, shroud of Turin, St. Januarius, placebo, devil, exorcism

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