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Massimo Franco

Author and commentator

Massimo Franco is an author and a political columnist of Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera.

His book, “La crisi dell’impero vaticano, perché la Chiesa è diventata un imputato globale,” (“The Crisis of The Vatican Empire: Why the Catholic Church has Become The Accused Worldwide”), (Mondadori Publ. House, 2013), was a best-seller in Italy. It was published in the United States by Open Roads.

He recently wrote another book “The Vatican According to Francis”, (Mondadori Publ. House, 2014), on the Vatican.

An updated edition of his book “Parallel Empires, The Us and the Vatican, beyond two centuries of alliance and conflicts,” has just been published by Il Saggiatore, Milan.

Articles by Massimo Franco

A Trumpian Headache for the Vatican

Donald Trump is an alien, if not an enemy, for papal Rome. His values and geopolitical vision are the opposite of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s.

November 17, 2016

Pope Francis: U.S.-Cuba Matchmaker

What the U.S.-Cuba deal tells us about the future of Vatican diplomacy in a multi-polar world.

December 25, 2014

Francis as the First Post-Western Pope

What is the new Pope’s strategy for the Middle East?

June 8, 2014

After American Dominance: The New Pope’s Foreign Policy

What it means for the Middle East.

March 2, 2014

The Russo-Papal Alliance in the Mideast

What has brought Russia’s Putin and Pope Francis together?

March 2, 2014

Cleaning Up the Vatican Bank

Will Pope Francis be able to complete the reform of the Vatican Bank?

June 26, 2013