Pope Francis attends a special audience with the members of the UCIIM Catholic union of Italian secondary school teachers

Pope? Yes, Dalai Lama? No

“It’s an odd fact of history,” ruminates Time magazine, “that the world’s youngest empire, the U.S., established diplomatic relations with the oldest, the Holy See, only a little over 30 years ago under (President) Ronald Reagan” who was long described as an advocate of church-state separation.