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Italian journalists see medieval mystic's influence on President Obama

August 23, 2010

Italian observers of the American political scene have long regarded President Barack Obama as being heavily influenced by the thoughts of the 12th-century mystic Joachim of Fiore, notes Sandro Magister of L’Espresso. In 2009, in fact, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the papal preacher, based a substantial portion of his Lenten meditations on the (inaccurate) report that Obama had quoted Joachim during his presidential campaign appearances. The Vatican journalist probes the “intellectual kinship between Obama and Joachim of Fiore.”


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