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David O'Connell

Pope's political messages cause some to pick, choose

WASHINGTON Pope Francis will address 535 of the most powerful people in America, the decision-makers with the clout if not the will to change the country's course. But members of Congress aren't likely to budge from their entrenched positions even at the urging of a world spiritual leader from a faith that nearly a third of them share. That political reality is unlikely to keep the pontiff from trying to steer change on immigration, poverty, social justice and more when he addresses Congress on Sept. 24. "This is a pope that does not hesitate to enter difficult waters. He has done so in European Parliament. He does so regularly in Rome," said Demetrios Papademetriou of...