Why Francis won’t be the chaplain of BRICS, just as Pius XII wasn’t of NATO, cruxnow.com

John L. Allen Jr., editor

Once upon a time, journalists informally dubbed Pope Pius XII the “chaplain of NATO” for his fervent anti-Communism, and his consequent support of the Western alliance in the early days of the Cold War.

Those days, famously, are long gone under Pope Francis.

History’s first pope from the global south might more credibly be branded the “chaplain of BRICS,” meaning the budding economic and strategic alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, especially given how his line on Ukraine and that of Brasilia, New Delhi and Beijing all broadly align.

Except, just as with Pius XII, such phraseology may have obvious media cachet, but it conceals at least as much as it reveals. Läs artikel