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The first Pope from outside Europe has rocked the Vatican. Liberal and conservative Catholics are waiting to hear what Pope Francis will say—or do—next. We’ll hear a variety of opinions about his style, his doctrine—and his potential influence worldwide and here in America. Also, Syria’s chemical weapons and the Nobel Prize, and Washington takes a step closer to end the shutdown.

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Making News A Deal to End the Shutdown May Be In Sight 7 MIN, 44 SEC

There may be light at the end of the tunnel today in Washington. Republicans and the President are talking—but there’s no deal yet.  Steven Sloan is deputy congressional editor for POLITICO.

Steven Sloan, Politico (@stevenpsloan)

Main Topic How Will Pope Francis Change the Catholic Church? 34 MIN, 47 SEC

Since Pope Francis was elected in March, he has challenged the Roman Catholic establishment, using words like “obsessed” and “narcissistic.” Instead of abortion, gay marriage and contraception, he’s emphasized social justice and the plight of the poor. But he hasn’t changed a word of church doctrine.

Is he a liberal poised to come out of a theological closet—or a master of public relations, who can make hard teachings go down easy? He’s already an immensely popular figure worldwide. Will he change the church in America—and why should non-Catholics care?

Pope Francis comes from Argentina. He’s the first non-European ever to preside over the Vatican. In just 7 months, he’s made a host of controversial statements in interviews with reporters—and he’s become hugely popular with Roman Catholics all over the world. We’ll hear a variety of opinions about his style, his doctrine—and his potential influence worldwide and here in America.

John Allen, Boston Globe (@JohnLAllenJr)
Robert Royal, Faith & Reason Institute
Frances Kissling, Center for Health, Ethics and Social Policy (@FrancesKissling)
John Carr, Georgetown University

Today's Talking Point Chemical Weapons Watchdog Awarded Nobel Peace Prize in Surprise Win 8 MIN, 38 SEC

President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize before his first term was barely under way. Others have been awarded after their achievements became part of history. Today, the Norwegian Nobel Committee chose an agency currently at work on an unprecedented mission that’s hazardous in the extreme: the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is a UN sponsored agency based in the Hague. But it appears that the Nobel Committee apparently had trouble getting through with notification that it had won this year’s Prize for Peace. Joshua Keating is a staff writer on international affairs at slate.com

Joshua Keating, Slate (@joshuakeating)

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