Letter from Rome: Three cheers for the pope's opponents

Nasty attacks have only emboldened Francis in his efforts toward church reform
Letter from Rome: Three cheers for the pope's opponents

Pope Francis delivers his homily during a Mass to mark the World Day of the Poor on Nov. 17 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
(Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP)

Pope Francis has punted once again. In the six and half years he's been bishop of Rome, he has never returned to his native Argentina. And just when it appeared that the long-awaited homecoming would take place in 2020, Francis poured cold water on the idea.

"It was decided to leave Argentina and Uruguay for later," he said, according to a Nov. 13 report by Argentine news agency Telám.

The pope said a trip back home to Buenos Aires and other parts of the country would be "a little difficult" due to commitments he's already made for the upcoming year.

Commitments to visit other countries? Vatican officials have not announced any firm travel plans for 2020 up until now.

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