Pope Francis

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

12/23/14 Panel

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, and political consultant Libby Post, and College of St. Rose Communications Professor Mary Alice Molgard.

Topics include North Korea's Internet Collapse, Pope Francis warns Vatican leaders, Russian Facebook, DeBlasio Calls for Peace, Pakistan Executions, and remembering Joe Cocker.

WAMC News
12:39 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

2013: Looking Back At The "Pope Francis Effect" And Other Religion News

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Religious news figured prominently in the headlines during 2013.   The world was shocked in February 2013, when Benedict became the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. Fast forward nine months: Benedict's successor, the Argentine Pope Francis, was named Time Magazine's "person of the year." Not bad for a fellow who once upon at time worked as a bouncer!

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WAMC News
7:10 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

WAMC political observer discusses why President Obama's "selfie" with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt is causing  an uproar and TIME magazine naming Pope Francis Person of the Year for 2013.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

NY: Vatican Survey & "Francis Effect"

Pope Francis raised eyebrows when he announced the Vatican would conduct a global survey. The poll has made somewhat of a "soft landing" in North America.

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WAMC News
3:39 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Papal Survey Tackles Contemporary Issues

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The head of the Roman Catholic Church has called for the faithful to be surveyed on issues facing modern families… 

In an unprecedented move to examine parishioners’ beliefs, Pope Francis is calling on bishops to measure what Catholics think about matters facing modern families, including many issues that go against the norm of the church. 

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New York News
12:20 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Pope’s Comment’s on World Economy Praised by Regional Low Income Advocates

Pope Francis
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In a 10-minute speech to four new ambassadors to the Vatican on Thursday, Pope Francis made scathing comments on the state of the world economy, calling for global reform that focuses on human dignity.

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New England News
5:42 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Local Catholics Celebrate New Pope

A special mass was held at St.Michael's Cathedral in Springfield MA to mark the installation of Pope Francis
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Special masses were said in Catholic churches in the region today to mark the installation of  Pope Francis.  

   About 200 people braved a snowstorm to attend a noon mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield, where Bishop Timothy McDonnell declared it a day to rejoice.

   The mass in Springfield took place several hours after the installation mass  for the new pope was held under bright blue skies in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican . The crowd there was estimated at between 150,000- 200,000 people.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:30 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Stephen Gottlieb: The Choice of a Pope

I have held back from talking about the choice of a pope. After all, a pope is a decision to be made by and for our Catholic brothers and sisters. And it seems improper for non-Catholics to get into that issue.

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New York News
2:13 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

NYS Catholic Conference Reacts to Newly-Elected Pope

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The new pope elected Wednesday is the first pontiff from the Americas - Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, whose papal name will be Pope Francis. Here is reaction from the New York State Catholic Conference.

The Catholic Conference is the official voice of the Catholic Church in the state, representing New York’s bishops in matters of public policy. Dennis Poust is its spokesman.

Poust highlights what he thinks the 76-year-old South American’s papacy will mean for New York’s Catholic Community.

Plus, says Poust:

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New England News
12:18 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

New Pope Francis Means Reform In Catholic Church

Rev. Gary Dailey
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Rev. Gary Dailey is director of the Office of Vocations for the Springfield Diocese. He travels frequently to the Vatican. He spoke with WAMC"s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill about Pope Francis

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