This Time, It’s Atheist Scalfari Who Surprises–He Asks Pope Francis for a Blessing

Last year, I wrote a few times about Pope Francis' encounters with the journalist Eugenio Scalfari,the 90-year-old atheist intellectual who has been editor of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica for twenty years.Lat summer, Scalfari's recollections about his personal interview with the pope caused controversy here in the United States and among Catholics around the world--leading Vatican spokesperson Fr. Federico Lombardi to insist that the words in his interview "cannot be attributed to the … [Read more...]