FROM Joshua McElwee
Did Pope Francis make an impression on Trump? Before going to Brussels, where he'll meet with NATO leaders tomorrow, President Trump was in Rome today to visit the Pope. Mr. Trump arrived at the apostolic palace in an armored limo. Pope Francis came in a Ford Focus. They met in private for about 30 minutes. Joshua McElwee, Vatican correspondent for the independent National Catholic Reporter , has more on the meeting.
Pope's Urgent Call for Action on Climate Change In September, Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with President Obama and make an address to Congress. Today, he issued an encyclical on climate change — posing direct challenges to world leaders who've failed to take "urgent" action. "Laudato Si, On the Care of the Common Home," is expected to be influential beyond the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
Checking In on the Pope The Pope revealed this week that he takes a daily nap, misses going out for pizza, and hasn’t watched television in 25 years. He also approved the beatification of an assassinated Salvadoran archbishop last Saturday, a figure controversial for his defense of the poor in the face of power. The love of pizza and the acceptance of liberal Catholic philosophy represent a new style for the Vatican. Not all in the Catholic establishment are comfortable with it. We check in on the new pope and how he’s shaking things up.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?