Pope Francis and Donald Trump dominate our most read stories of 2016

The most-read article of 2016 was on the remarks by Pope Francis at the popular movements gathering at the Vatican on Nov. 5, only a few days before the American presidential election. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Visitors to the America website were intrigued by two figures in 2016: Pope Francis and Donald J. Trump. Combine the two of them, and, well, the lists below speak for themselves. But our readers were interested in more than the election, diving into stories about liturgy, racism, interfaith issues and gender, among others.

Here are the most read articles by America staff and contributors this year:

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1. Days Before U.S. Election, Pope Francis Warns Against Politics of Fear

2. Top Ten Takeaways from “Amoris Laetitia”

3. Vatican Announces Commission on Women Deacons

4. Pro Unity and Pro Voice: Catholics in the Era of Trump

5. The Private Faith Life of Hillary Clinton

6. Aboard Plane Home from Mexico, Pope Francis Responds to Questions on Donald Trump

7. What’s So Great about a Jesuit education? Care for the Person

8. Pope Says Nuns Killed in Yemen Are Victims of ‘the Globalization of Indifference’

9. Mike Pence’s Relationship with the Catholic Church Is...Complicated

10. Vatican Denies Changes in the Celebration of Mass

11. New Cardinals Signal a Shift Away from the U.S. Culture Wars

12. Still Separate, Still Unequal: White Catholics and the Perduring Sin of Racism

13. Trump, Clinton, My Jesuit Illuminati Overlords and the Iowa Caucus

14. Pope Francis Says the Church Should Apologize to Gays

15. Advent 2016 Reflection Series

16. U.S. Lutherans Ratify Catholic Interfaith Document

17. An Election Day Prayer

18. This Old Church: Confessions of a Guitar-Mass Catholic

19. Pope Appoints Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell to Head New Vatican Family Office

20. It’s Not a Complement: The Pitfalls of a Gendered Theology of Church


Here is what you shared the most on Facebook:

1. Vatican Announces Commission on Women Deacons

2. Days Before U.S. Election, Pope Francis Warns Against Politics of Fear

3. Aboard Plane Home from Mexico, Pope Francis Responds to Questions on Donald Trump

4. Worth a Fig: Harvesting my Children’s Faith

5. Top Ten Takeaways from “Amoris Laetitia”

6. Pope Francis Says the Church Should Apologize to Gays

7. Pro Unity and Pro Voice: Catholics in the Era of Trump

8. The Private Faith Life of Hillary Clinton

9. Pope Says Nuns Killed in Yemen Are Victims of ‘the Globalization of Indifference’

10. U.S. Lutherans Ratify Catholic Interfaith Document


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And here is what you talked about most on the America website:

1. Bishops Respond After Biden Officiates a Same-Sex Marriage

2. Days Before U.S. Election, Pope Francis Warns Against Politics of Fear

3. Poll: Catholics Support Hillary Clinton, Gay Marriage

4. VP Pick Sen. Tim Kaine Seeks to Balance Catholic Faith with Democratic Politics

5. The Election is About More Than Whether a Woman Becomes President

6. Of Many Things: September 12, 2016

7. Some Catholics Say Politics Prevalent in Parishes Ahead of Election

8. Catholic Scholars Duel Over Contraception

9. It’s Not a Complement: The Pitfalls of a Gendered Theology of Church

10. With G.O.P. Ticket Set, Catholic 'Never-Trump' Camp Remains Defiant

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