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Pope Francis anti-capitalist message makes waves in the U.S.

Pope Francis is on a momentous visit to the United States but his anti-capitalist message is making some Catholic Americans uncomfortable. We hear how this pope's socialist-tinged vision of a "church of the poor" is going down with wealthy American Catholics.
Is Pope Francis' anti-capitalist message on track or is he out of touch with Catholic Americans? (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
Mr. President, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant, but inclusive; and to rejecting every form of injustice, discrimination.- Pope Francis at the White House, yesterday
Critics of Pope Francis' anti-capitalism message say the Pope has neglected to acknowledge how a free-market economy has lifted hundreds of millions out of abject poverty and despair. (Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

Pope Francis received a warm welcome at the White House yesterday during his first ever visit to the United States.

But not everyone has welcomed the Pope. Especially when it comes to one of this Pope's key messages, his critique of capitalism.

Since the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has shared his vision of what he's called a "Church of the Poor."
He's criticized what he calls "unfettered capitalism."  And as popular as this Pope has been around the world, that's a message not all American Catholics are comfortable embracing.

We convened a panel of three Catholics for their thoughts on this. 

This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins and Sarah Grant. 
 


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