Mixed blessing: Pope Francis is more than twice as popular than President Barack Obama.

Pope Francis is more than twice as popular than President Barack Obama, who recorded a personal low 41 percent approval rating this month, and about eight time more popular than Congress, which earned an 11 percent approval rating – including an astonishing 84 percent disapproval rating – in another poll earlier this month.

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Why Catholics should be suspicious when bastions of anti-Catholicism in the left-wing media are in love with Pope Francis.

Much is being made of his ‘compassion’ and ‘humility,’ but kissing babies and hugging the sick is nothing new. Every pope in recent memory has done the same, yet only now are the media paying attention. Benedict XVI and John Paul II refused to kowtow to the liberal agenda, and so such displays of tenderness were under-covered.

But Francis is beating a retreat for the Catholic Church, and making sure its controversial doctrines are whispered, not yelled – no wonder the New York Times is in love.

Just like President Obama loved apologizing for America, Pope Francis likes to apologize for the Catholic Church, thinking that the Church is at its best when it is passive and not offending anyone’s sensibilities.

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13 million abortions a year in China (3.5 Million in the U.S.)

‘I didn’t mind. Abortion now is painless anyway – I was under anaesthetic. It’s so easy, no wonder it’s popular nowadays.’

Young women like Ms Zhou form the main group driving China’s abortions, which number about 13 million annually or nearly a quarter of the world’s total. Abortions in China peaked in the 1990s, with official figures saying 14 million were performed.

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Editor’s note: Not easy or painless for the babies, though.