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The Economist accuses Pope Francis of 'following Lenin'

VATICAN CITY (RNS) "By positing a link between capitalism and war, (Pope Francis) seems to be taking an ultra-radical line: one that consciously or unconsciously follows Vladimir Lenin in his diagnosis of capitalism and imperialism as the main reason why world war broke out a century ago," the financial magazine says.

Cardinal (not Karl) Marx rips capitalism, backs Pope Francis

"Capitalism should not become the model of society," says Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, one of Francis' top advisers. “To think that somewhere there are pure markets which give rise to the good through free competition is mere ideology."

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Pope Francis shrugs off Marxist label

(RNS) Pope Francis, who made headlines in recent weeks by lambasting 'trickle down" economic theories as unfair to the poor, is shrugging off criticism from political conservatives who dubbed him a Marxist.