Pope Francis's statements on climate change, economic inequality and immigration have all spiced up the political debate in the United States. But when he arrives here on Sept. 22 for a five-day visit, he will find deep divisions within his church over the main message of his papacy. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports from Philadelphia.
Pope Francis has been visiting prisons during his travels, and his trip later this month to the United States — which has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world — is no exception. He'll visit a Philadelphia prison complex where inmates are making a chair for him. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports.
Secretary of State John Kerry will raise the American flag over the US Embassy and meet with dissidents in Havana during a historic visit on Friday. Supporters of the Castro regime are presenting the restoration of diplomatic relations with Washington as a victory for Cuba. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports.
The killing of nine worshipers at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white gunman last month has rekindled the debate about gun control in America with a new element - race. VOA's Jerome Socolovsky reports from a gun range near Charleston.
Religious and cultural differences often add fuel to political conflicts around the world. Now, a foundation headed by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is helping high schools in a number of countries use videoconferencing to bridge those divides. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports.