Francis has made the case against climate change and the earth’s degradation for years. In Africa, he found a backdrop that was fitting if unnerving.
Jason HorowitzSome lemurs had white fur, or brown patches, or tails with 28 black-and-white rings. All were endangered by the deforestation and climate change that threaten Madagascar's future.
Pope Francis used his first full day here to hammer the same point home.
Jason HorowitzI went to Madagascar with Pope Francis and spent the morning with lemurs.
On the climate change, deforestation and poverty that are threatening one of the world’s most unique islands.
After years spent grappling with the clergy sex abuse crisis and tussling with conservative clergy, in Africa Francis gets to be the pope he wanted to be.
Jason HorowitzEven as he flew to Africa, Pope Francis inadvertently brought with him some of the ideological tensions he had sought to escape, thanks to an offhand remark. Of America's conservative Catholic critics he said, “It’s an honor that the Americans attack me.”
The prime minister of the last Italian government got the mandate to form the next Italian government, completing a remarkable political resuscitation.
Jason HorowitzWelcome Back Conte.
How Italy's outgoing and incoming prime minister Giuseppe Conte overcame irrelevance and a delivery that seemed marked by fear and indigestion to become the soothing face of Italy's institutions.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte chose to quit before a confidence vote. Parties will now scramble to form a new majority or face elections.
Jason HorowitzThe most nationalist, populist and dysfunctional Italian government in decades collapsed on Tuesday as the country’s prime minister announced his resignation in the face of a mutinous, and miscalculated, power play by the hard-line minister Matteo Salvini.
Matteo Salvini, the anti-migrant interior minister, has a talent for expressing the country’s id. A highly visible vacation was the latest step in his campaign for the top job.
Jason HorowitzLike a Nationalist Gone Wild, Matteo Salvini took off his shirt, picked up his mojito and partied with Spring Break abandon.
It's the Summer of Salvini and a Power Paunch that has captivated Italy’s navel-gazing political universe.
Jason HorowitzThe power paunch. In a country full of paunch proverbs, (“A man without a paunch is like a sky without stars”) Salvini has made his soft stomach a validator of his Made-in-Italy authenticity.
Should tourism be limited in overcrowded European cities? The author ponders the issue as he explores Treviso, Venice’s quieter neighbor, where canals also flow.
Jason HorowitzWho in their right mind would willingly abandon Venice for Treviso, a mostly overlooked destination best known for crimson radicchio, bright Benetton sweaters and —The Fountain of the Boobs? Me! And maybe you should too.
In a three-day trip to the former communist country, the pope will seek to heal an ancient schism between the Catholic and Orthodox churches.
Jason HorowitzPope Francis in Romania says “To move forward together, as a way of shaping the future, requires a noble willingness to sacrifice something of one’s own vision or best interest for the sake of a greater project.” Not exactly Italians First.