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The Francis Chronicles

The story behind National Geographic’s Pope Francis story


Pope Francis has graced the cover of a diverse group of magazines, including TIME, Rolling Stone, LIFE, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and The Advocate, to name a few.  Now comes National Geographic magazine. Its August 2015 issue had an iconic photograph of Pope Francis enjoying a quiet moment in the Sistine Chapel after his “Urbi et Orbi” address on Christmas Day 2014.


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In This Issue

October 21-November 3, 2016

  • Reformation's anniversary brings commemorations, reconsiderations
  • Picks further diversify College of Cardinals
  • Editorial: One-issue obsession imperils credibility
  • Special Section [Print Only]: SAINTS