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Pope Gives Nods To Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day In Speech At Congress

September 25, 2015
Tom Gjelten | NPR
In his address to Congress, Pope Francis highlighted four Americans whom he said have set examples and represent America's cultural tradition. Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. are well known figures. Less widely acknowledged are Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day.
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Will the pope’s visit to Congress bring a political miracle of unity?

September 24, 2015
When Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress, he'll speak from the same podium where Father Patrick Conroy, chaplain of the House of Representatives, delivers the opening prayer each morning. Father Pat joins Gwen Ifill to reflect on the pope's visit and his own role as a spiritual resource for a polarized group of lawmakers.
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Pope Francis, Obama Cite Common Causes

September 24, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politcs
Pope Francis lost no time advocating for the Earth’s delicate climate and for immigrants and “the excluded” during brief remarks on the White House lawn Wednesday morning.
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Pope Francis Challenges Congress to Heal World’s ‘Open Wounds’

September 24, 2015
Peter Baker, Jim Yardley | The New York Times
Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, challenged Congress and by extension the mightiest nation in history on Thursday to break out of its cycle of polarization and paralysis to finally use its power to heal the “open wounds” of a planet torn by hatred, greed, poverty and pollution.
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What To Watch For During Pope Francis' U.S. Visit

September 23, 2015
Tom Gjelten | NPR
Pope Francis arrives in Washington, D.C., this afternoon for his first trip to the U.S. Here's a look at some of the key moments to watch during the leader of the Roman Catholic Church's six-day visit.
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Pope Flies Into Swirling U.S., Global Politics

September 23, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
By the end of this week, anyone close to U.S. politics will have lots (more) to talk about. Pope Francis will be watched around the world during his Wednesday appearance at the White House, followed by speeches to Congress Thursday and to the United Nations in New York on Friday.
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Ben Carson Defends Comments on Muslims

September 23, 2015
Janet Hook | Wall Street Journal
GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson Tuesday stood by his opposition to allowing a Muslim to be president, dismissing attacks on him as arising from a culture of “political correctness.”
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Conservative Lawmaker Boycotting Pope's Address Over Climate-Change Views

September 22, 2015
Susan Davis | NPR
A conservative Catholic lawmaker announced he will boycott Pope Francis' historic address before Congress Thursday because of the pope's views on climate change.
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