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Pope Francis Tackles Climate Change

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pope Francis is hosting a Vatican conference on climate change in anticipation of a major announcement on the environment to be made this summer. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bankrolling the Vatican

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Catholic Church has a vast amount of wealth, and byzantine entanglements with financial markets across the world. At its heart are cardinals-turned-financiers.

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The Takeaway

The World's Most Powerful Person? The Pope & His Mass Appeal

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

From Cuba to the Middle East to Catholic family values, Pope Francis made waves in 2014. 

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On Being

James Martin — Finding God in All Things

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Before Pope Francis, Fr. James Martin was perhaps the best loved Jesuit in American life. He’s followed the calling of the founder of the Jesuit order, St. Ignatius of Loyola, to “find God in all things” – and in 21st century forms.

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On Being

[Unedited] James Martin with Krista Tippett

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Before Pope Francis, Fr. James Martin was perhaps the best loved Jesuit in American life. He’s followed the calling of the founder of the Jesuit order, St. Ignatius of Loyola, to “find God in all things” – and in 21st century forms.

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PRI's The World

You'd better watch where you walk the next time you visit the Vatican

Monday, September 01, 2014

The Vatican is dense with art and history — every arch, piece of art and ceiling has a story to tell. But so do the floors, which are easy to miss. Whether paved with marble from the Coliseum or sporting mosaics from ancient villas, the floors of the Vatican have much to tell.

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The Takeaway

Is There Such a Thing As a Just War?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Last week, Pope Francis entered into a conversation about war and confronting evil. When he was asked about ISIS, Francis said that the militant group must be stopped.

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Features

Would You Take a Collect Call From the Pope?

Friday, March 28, 2014

How does the one true omnipotent God, outside of time and space, communicate through the Holy Father in Rome?

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The Takeaway

Will the Pope Change his Mind on Divorce?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

For 500 years, the Catholic Church denied communion to parishioners who divorce and remarry. But this week, Pope Francis may chart a new course, breaking ranks with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, who refused to allow for pastoral discretion on the issue. James Carroll is the author of "An American Requiem: God, My Father, and the War that Came Between Us" and "Toward A New Catholic Church: The Promise of Reform." He examines the choices facing Pope Francis regarding marriage and the future of the Catholic Church. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mussolini, the Pope, and the Rise of Fascism

Monday, February 10, 2014

David I. Kertzer talks about the complex and secret relationship that Pope Pius XI’s had with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The two men both came to power in 1922, and together changed the course of the 20th-century. Kertzer’s book The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe, shows how Pius XI played a crucial role in making Mussolini’s dictatorship possible and keeping him in power. But as Mussolini moved closer to Hitler, the pope started to lash out.

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The Takeaway

Pope Francis and Sexual Abuse Prevention

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Some argue that it is unfair to criticize the Pope for his response to sexual abuse in the church so far. But David Clohessy, Executive Director of SNAP, believes that Pope Francis can do more to prevent abuse and punish predators.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

James Carroll and Joan Acocella on Pope Francis.

Monday, December 16, 2013

James Carroll and Joan Acocella on Pope Francis.

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The Takeaway

Pope Francis Criticizes "Tyranny" of Unchecked Capitalism

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

On Tuesday, Pope Francis released an 84-page theological manifesto railing against what he called the “tyranny” of unfettered capitalism. The memo also calls for global leaders to fight poverty.  It’s not often that the leader of a powerful institution stands before those he represents and declares a complete change of focus. Reverend James Bretzke, Professor of Moral Theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry puts Pope Francis's remarks into historical context.  

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The Takeaway

Pope Francis: Church 'Obsessed' with Abortion, Gays & Birth Control

Friday, September 20, 2013

Pope Francis says that the Church has become "obsessed" with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception. Reverend James Bretzke, professor of Moral Theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, describes the historical context of the Pope's remarks. Dr. Victoria Flemming, a Catholic from Illinois, is happy with the Pope's comments and sees this as a new direction for the Church. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | March 19, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Joan Acocella and Margaret Talbot on Pope Francis.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Joan Acocella and Margaret Talbot on Pope Francis.

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The Takeaway

For New Pope, a Complex Association with Argentina's Dirty War

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Catholic Church, including Pope Francis (then known as Jorge Bergolio), may have been complicit in the crimes perpetrated by the Argentina's military regime, which ruled from 1976-1983.

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The Takeaway

Pope Francis and the Dirty War, Scouts Survey on Homosexuality

Thursday, March 14, 2013

For New Pope, a Complex Association with Argentina's Dirty War | The Future for Women in the Catholic Church | Happy Pi Day! | Boy Scouts Survey Members on Homosexuality | The Taco Bell Takeover | Unwilling Witness: The Terror of Reporting on Your Own Country

The Takeaway

First Latin American Pope Chosen

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A new pope has been chosen! Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been selected and has taken the name Pope Francis.

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Transportation Nation

The New Pope Rides Public Transit, So Will He Ditch These Old Popemobiles (PICS)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Popemobile, 1995 edition. (Photo by Onze11 via Wikimedia)

With Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina chosen as the new Pope, to be known as Francis I, the remaining papal question is: how will he get around?

A Jesuit, the 76-year-old has already promised a humble papacy. He's known for living out that philosophy as Cardinal, giving up his limousine in favor of riding public transportation. (Anyone with a photo of Cardinal Bergoglio on an Argentine bus, please send it to us ASAP!) He also cooks his own meals.

Will Francis I keep his farecard in his new robes or will the title of Pope require him to roll around in a Popemobile like his predecessors? We're looking into exactly how often Francis I used transit (and did he ride the bike share in Buenos Aires? He is 76, but hey, maybe). We'll keep you posted.

We are also watching what will come of the grand glass globe Popemobiles of Popes past?

Here are some recent Poped-out rides pictured below. (Earlier Papal wagons varied a bit more in design. A temporary 1965 Lincoln Continental Popemobile bore a regal black with a sunroof-like standing spot, rather than the domes pictured below. The Lincoln sold at auction in 2011 for $220,000.)

Pope Benedict XVI in the Popemobile in 2007 (Photo by Caio do Valle via Wikimedia)

 

Popemobile used by John Paul II when in 1982. (Photo by Detectandpreserve via Wikiemedia)

 

Special edition 1998 Cadillac Popemobile built solely for an appearance at the Estadio Azteca sports stadium in Mexico City. Thevehicle was blessed by the Pope, but deemed unsafe by the security team as all current "Pope-mobiles" are required to have a bullet proof viewing box. (Photo CC by Flickr user ThatHartfordGuy)

 

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