Podcast: The pope's political reach

How does his message translate into policy?
Posted at 7:56 PM, Sep 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-23 19:56:08-04

Less than 24 hours after touching down on U.S. soil for the very first time, Pope Francis made quite clear his stance on issues such as immigration and climate change.

Confronting major global disputes with forceful words is nothing new for Pope Francis. He has used the worldwide papacy platform to speak out on issues both inside and outside the church.

But according to David Gibson, a national reporter for the Religion News Service, the challenge lies in transforming the pope’s words into global action.

Listen to Gibson provide a tour of papal influence on this week's DecodeDC podcast. Enjoy other podcasts and blog posts at