Andrea Gagliarducci: Pope Open Sunni Front in Egypt, Continues Financial Reforms

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Andrea GagliarducciPope Francis: New Challenges

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To many among Vatican insiders, Egypt could be the key for a Middle East renaissance. Fr. Paolo Asolan, a Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Pontifical Lateran University, saw this “Egyptian opportunity” during a recent trip he made to the land of pyramids. “When I was there – he said – I thought of what Cardinal Casaroli said about Poland after he had visited the countries beyond the Iron Curtain: if Communism will fall, it will fall starting from Poland.” As an analogy, Asolan would say that if Middle Eastern and African extremism will fall, it will fall starting from Egypt.