Pope biographer talks Holy Father’s upcoming US trip

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CHICAGO -- His first trip to the US is just a month away; Pope Francis will visit three cities during the week-long journey to the states. His first stop will in Washington, DC includes an address to Congress. In New York City, he’ll visit Ground Zero and say mass at Madison Square Garden. And more than a million people are expected in Philadelphia, where the pope will celebrate the World Meeting of Families. The highly anticipated trip will also include visits with prisoners and the poor.

On Tuesday night, Dr. Austen Ivereigh, author of the Holy Father’s biography, “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope,” was in Chicago to discuss the upcoming mission and Pope Francis’ key messages that will likely bridge the Pontiff’s perspective as a South American to those of North Americans.

Dr. Austen Ivereigh, Pope Francis biographer: “For him, the U.S. is not the center of the world, and he comes with the perspective of the south but also because he sees it as his mission as pope to speak for the disenfranchised of this world.”

You can catch Dr Ivereigh’s lecture tonight at 7 p.m. at St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago.

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