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Pope Francis visits the main synagogue in Rome Jan. 17. Also seated is Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, the chief rabbi of Rome, right. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell
On his first visit to Rome’s synagogue as pope, Francis called on Catholics and Jews to “strengthen” their common “commitment for peace and justice.”
Politics & SocietyVideo
America Video

In this exclusive interview with Father Matt Malone, S.J., editor in chief of America, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. discusses his thoughts on Pope Francis, as well as his Catholic faith, his upbringing, his public life and private sorrow, and his thinking about a possible presidential campaign. The interview was conducted on September 17, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Mr. Biden refers in the full interview, below, to Father Malone’s published account of the death of his brother in an automobile accident in 1984.

FaithIn All Things
Thomas Rosica, C.S.B.

Editors Note, Feb. 25, 2019: America has become aware that this article included extensive unattributed material from other sources. Accordingly, we have removed the text. For more material on this topic, read the original report from Catholic News Service, "Pope Francis For Year of Mercy, Pope Francis extends possibilities for absolution.”

Archbishops Fisher, Cupich leave after Mass marking feast of Sts. Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica at Vatican.
Gerard O’Connell
New archbishops gather in Rome
FaithLaudato Si
James Martin, S.J.
Pope Francis’ revolutionary new encyclical calls for a “broad cultural revolution” to confront the environmental crisis. “Laudato Si” is also quite lengthy.
Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople greet a small crowd after delivering a blessing in 2014 in Istanbul (CNS photo/Paul Haring).
Francis X. Rocca - Catholic News Service

Ankara and Istanbul were gray and cold, at least compared to Rome, during Pope Francis' Nov. 28-30 visit to Turkey. And the general reception, outside of the pope's official meetings, was hardly warmer. There were none of the enthusiastic crowds that usually greet him on his trips, no masses waving signs of welcome along his motorcade route or behind police barriers at the stops.