A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s battle to remake Christian Europe by Giuliana Chamedes

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March 2020, no. 419
Paul Collins reviews 'A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s battle to remake Christian Europe' by Giuliana Chamedes

A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s battle to remake Christian Europe

by Giuliana Chamedes

Harvard University Press (Footprint) $85 hb, 432 pp

A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s battle to remake Christian Europe by Giuliana Chamedes

by
March 2020, no. 419

The papacy’s role in international affairs is often underestimated. A recent example is Pope Francis’s participation in the 2015 negotiations leading to a détente between Cuba and the United States. It helped, of course, that Barack Obama was president and that Raúl Castro had replaced his brother Fidel in Havana; but it was Francis, building on the work of his predecessors who had maintained continuous relations with the Castro regime, who brought the two sides together, and who persuaded the United States to drop its sanctions against Cuba.

Paul Collins reviews 'A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s battle to remake Christian Europe' by Giuliana Chamedes

A Twentieth-Century Crusade: The Vatican’s battle to remake Christian Europe

by Giuliana Chamedes

Harvard University Press (Footprint) $85 hb, 432 pp

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