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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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Political Split Awaits Pope Francis on Eve of U.S. Visit

September 21, 2015
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Pope Francis will arrive at a military base outside the capital on Tuesday afternoon to open his first visit to the United States, and President Obama will be there to welcome him. It is a gesture the president has extended to virtually no other foreign visitor.
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In Pope Francis’s visit, White House sees a chance to transcend politics

September 18, 2015
Juliet Eilperin, Greg Jaffe | The Washington Post
Vice President Biden offered a glimpse earlier this week into how the White House, deeply frustrated by the gridlocked and bitter state of American politics, has come to view Pope Francis’s visit to the United States.
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