Pope Francis

Just three months ago, I commended the Papal Encyclical Laudato Si which focused on the need for humanity to unite in an effort to drastically cut back carbon emissions to mitigate climate change.  In this commentary, I want to focus on one of the Pope’s economic arguments.

 It was an historic day in Washington.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about hearing Pope Francis’ speech in person. 

 Vanessa Langdon, a student journalist for The College of Saint Rose's student paper, The Chronicle, talks about her hectic but rewarding experience covering Pope Francis visit to America as the very first Pope to address Congress. 

Pope Francis will make history tomorrow when he becomes the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress.   Catholics in western Massachusetts are planning to be witnesses to the history.

Pope Francis has brought something controversial to the papacy—the prospect of change. In his new book, The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis, Gary Wills, New York Times best selling author of Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition and What Jesus Meant, takes on one of the most pressing questions in modern religion today: what does the future hold for the Catholic Church?

Gary Wills is a historian, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and professor emeritus at Northwestern University. He joins The Roundtable today to discuss the novel behavior of the current pope and his own opinions on the future of the papacy.

 Tomorrow is the big day.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he’s looking forward to Pope Francis’ address to Congress. 

The Vatican


Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base at around 4pm, where he will be greeted by President and Mrs. Obama. Here to discuss the Pope's visit is Brother Ed Coughlin, President of Siena College.

Who is Pope Francis?

Sep 22, 2015
WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Pope Francis has been heralded as a "spiritual trailblazer." As New York awaits the Holy Father's visit, WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas touched base with papal history expert Dr. Jeffrey Marlett, professor of religious studies at the College of St. Rose.

Vermont's Roman Catholic bishop will be following Pope Francis to New York City and Philadelphia this week, but will spend most of his time with reporters.

WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

Pope Francis is set to land in New York next week. On the eve of his visit, a new Siena poll shows the pontiff's favorability rating soaring.