Whether you’re Catholic or not, we’ve all heard of Pope Francis, one of the most liberal, people pleasing popes the Church has seen.
He vows to a life of poverty and helping others, and criticizes church officials and others for their greediness and affection for luxury. His anticipated visits to Cuba and the United States is certainly creating quite a buzz. This trip, though, is extremely significant to Americans, even people who aren’t Catholic.
He first broke barriers on Sunday when he shook hands with Fidel Castro, an act people never thought would happen after Cuba declared itself atheist in the late 1950s.
Pope Francis is scheduled to start his U.S. tour on Wednesday in Washington D.C. He will stay in the D.C. area, then head to New York City before ending his trip in Philadelphia.
In Washington, the Pope will be meeting with President Obama. In New York, he will be saying mass at Madison Square Garden, visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the 9/11 Memorial, and will also be addressing world leaders at the UN with intermediate stops along the way. Then in Philadelphia, he will be holding mass at the World Meeting of Families.
The topics the Pope is expected to cover is what makes his visit important. He’s expected to call upon Americans and other worldly figures to devote their time and attention to the poor. Pope Francis has been very outspoken when it comes to poverty as well as other social issues.
Another topic he may also talk about is capitalism. Past popes have commented on the American capitalist structure and were fairly critical. Pope Francis preaches a message of love and respect for one another, he’s likely going to point out flaws and issues that will make us think twice. It’s important to hear what he has to say regardless of our religious or non-religious beliefs.
The Pope’s semi-liberal ways have drawn younger people back the church again, the audience that is more outspoken on so many issues it has previously condemned.