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Pope Francis

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Photo by Catholic Church of England, CC via Flickr

This week, Pope Francis arrives for his first visit to the US, so Monday, we’re talking to religion writer and biographer Paul Vallely. He says conservative and liberal Catholics try to claim the Pope as their own. Francis opposes divorce, but has made the path to annulment easier. He advocates equal pay for women, but won’t allow them to be clergy. We’ll talk about the Pope’s complicated past and why Vallely says that behind the icon of simplicity stands a steely and sophisticated politician.

Paul Vallely is a journalist and religion commentator. He is the editor of The New Politics: Catholic Social Teaching for the 21st  Century [Amazon] and his most recent book Pope Francis: The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism​ [Indiebound|Amazon]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.