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How Pope Francis Became the People’s Pontiff

As Pope Francis arrives in the U.S.—to speak before Congress, visit Ground Zero, and address the U.N.—his inner circle talks to Paul Elie about why he is so different, so compelling, and so beloved.<p>Two summers ago my friend Agustín, an Argentinean graduate student on pilgrimage in Rome, filed into …

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Pope Francis: America needs your faithful message of care for the Earth

Pope Francis, your first visit to America comes at a critical time.<p>As you have powerfully stated, many people, including some “committed and …


US 'disrupted' plot to harm Pope Francis

US Secret Service monitoring threats against the Pope in the run up to his US visit this week<p>The United States has broken up a threat against Pope Francis, who will visit Washington and other US cities this month, it emerged on Sunday.<p>No details of the threat were given.<p>US authorities are concerned …


Gloria Estefan Will Perform For Pope Francis During U.S. Visit

<b>Gloria Estefan</b>, <b>Martin Sheen</b>, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Hudson and more will all appear at a Madison Square Garden show sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York in celebration of <b>Pope Francis'</b> visit to the United States. The two-hour afternoon show will be held in advance of the pontiff's September …

Pope Francis Is About to Blow Elizabeth Warren Out of the Water

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5 new ways Pope Francis is sticking it to the Christian right

Congressional Republicans are already regretting inviting the pontiff to address them in the state capitol<p>Congressional Republicans invited Pope Benedict XVI to address Congress a while ago. Boy, do they wish they could rescind that invitation now that the much more progressive Pope Francis is …


Pope Francis is the fourth pontiff to visit U.S.

Pope Francis, who landed at Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews from Cuba on Tuesday afternoon to kick off a six-day visit, is making his first-ever trip …