Pope Francis Begins Politically Charged U.S. Visit

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Pope Francis arrived in Washington D.C. Tuesday, beginning a historic six-day, three-city East Coast visit. The Pope, who has advocated for a more inclusive and compassionate church, has also emerged as a leading voice on climate change, immigration and economic inequality. As membership in the U.S. Catholic Church continues to decline, we discuss the social, political and spiritual implications of the Pope's visit.


John Schwaller, professor of history at The University at Albany and author of "The History of the Catholic Church in Latin America"

Rev. Msgr. Raymond C Dreiling, vicar general of the Diocese of Fresno

Kimberly Winston, national correspondent for the Religion News Service

Sally Vance-Trembath, lecturer in religious studies at Santa Clara University