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As Pope Francis makes his descent on the United States, the entire world is watching. While the pope has been said by the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Archbishop Joseph Kurtz to only be “coming as a pastor of souls and a prophet, not a politician,” it’s more than likely people will have some politically charged questions for His Holiness. Daniel Burke, CNN Religion Editor, has a few questions for the pope that America would love answered. 1. Will the pope publicly condemn the Castros’ repressive style of communism? It’s no secret that the Castro brothers have ruled Cuba with an iron fist. While the nation has loosened its reins on religious freedom, it’s impossible to forget the immense killing, violence and oppression Cuba has endured for decades. Americans want to know if the pontiff will give Cuban leaders some tough love. 2. Will the pope’s speech to Congress be a pep talk or a stern lecture? Pope Francis has become the most influential world leader on Twitter for several reasons – one of which is his readiness to deliver a strong message with some firm undertones. As we await the first ever pope address to Congress, Americans wonder just how serious the talk will be. 3. Can the pope actually push countries to make tough choices on political issues? America has been the shining (and sometimes lackluster) example of democracy and capitalism and Pope Francis could be just the leader to call a few checks and balances. “It can be expected that the pope will draw attention to the serious responsibility the United States has within the international community,” Guzman Carriquiry Lecour, secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America said, “and to lead the common work of nations toward more humane solutions.” 4. Can the pope build a bridge between the liberal and conservative factions of his American flock? American Catholics are a shrinking and divided group. Members of the American Catholic church members are separated on every political issue from climate change to abortion. Are American Catholics so divided that even His Holiness can’t reconnect them? 5. Can Pope Francis bring lapsed Catholics back into the fold? Recent research has shown the Catholic faith in rapid decline. While half of the American population has some connection to Catholicism, 1 in 10 say they have disconnected from the religion, according to a Pew survey. Aside from the church losing its members, a funding problem has become a crucial issue. Americans wonder is Pope Francis will be able to garner the millennial support the Catholic Church

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1 Paige Turner = "Pope Francis is the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. "
2 Paige Turner = "descent on the United States Pope Franics will visit the United States for the first time from Tuesday, Sept. 22 - Sunday, Sept. 27."
3 Paige Turner = "CNN reporter Daniel Burke has a few questions for the pope that Americans want answered. "
4 Dan Halloran = "It is interesting to look at these 5 questions following his visit.  As in virtually all things related to Francis, he chose to look forward not backward in his visit to Cuba.  He spoke more on freedom to worship openly in the future than concentrate on the past repressions."
5 James Oppenheimer = "To predict how the Pope will act, one would have merely needed to look at how he has handled other similar issues. Francis seems to have a style of avoidance of confrontation. A child would predict that Francis would not, as the writer so quaintly puts it, "publicly condemn" anything when a soft comment will do more good. But some folks obstinately refuse to turn away from their angry vindictive style of dealing with whatever they disagree with."
6 Dan Halloran = "It was both.  The pep talk part was on religious freedom and some of the ecological measures the U.S. is endeavoring to undertake.  The stern lecture came on several fronts:  distribution of wealth and opportunities for all, global warming and our need to take the lead, political problem-solving instead of partisan bickering being a few."
7 Paige Turner = "Pope Francis was named most influential world leader on Twitter by Twiplomacy.com."
8 Dan Halloran = "Francis clearly and certainly sees it as part of his raison d'etre.  He has not yet stopped trying to influence individuals, communities, countries, and groups of countries, e.g. the United Nations, to follow what he considers a higher and more humane and eco-friendly path--and he did it in this visit also."
9 James Oppenheimer = "The Vatican does this on a daily basis, behind the scenes. They do not appear to wait for some flashy photo op."
10 Cary W = "It does not take a message from the Pope for us to work for humane solutions globally.  We are already past the threshold where that is even a choice.  No, it is now a matter of future survival of our entire species."
11 Dan Halloran = "No.  He understands that the world is changing and moving forward. He barely threw conservatives a bone, and that was unpublicized and behind closed doors.  He made it clear that he is progressive on all issues except dogmatic ones like abortion and ordaining women."
12 Abigail Borah = "In response to Dan Halloran: Actually abortion and ordaining women are not "dogmatic" issues within the Catholic church. Catholic dogma is that which is defined by the Magisterium as "truths contained in divine revelation or having a necessary connection with them" (Catechism of the Catholic Church 88). There have been 255 infallibly declared dogmas of the Church and they are essentially the Nicean Creed and do not include these issues. "
13 Dan Halloran = "He clearly is trying, especially on issues such as the refusal of communion to divorced Catholics.  He can see as well as anyone that the aging conservative Catholics are the ones opposed to progressive efforts, and that their refusal to change combined with the sexual abuse scandals by priests of recent years have dramatically reduced the influence and moral credibility of the Church in America.  The largest group he can recruit to the faith immediately are the lapsed and fallen."
14 Cary W = "Perhaps it is time to reconsider just what a church should look like.  In Jesus day, he and His Apostles considered each town, city and metropolis to be an entire church...the church of Ephesus, Rome, etc.  In this light, the only true church is the very community of people you find yourself in."
15 James Oppenheimer = "Tish tosh!  "Recent research" has tried to show all faith in "rapid decline."  You can easily find anything you want if you just choose the right parameters and cherry-pick the time frame to suit your needs.While the amount of faith in many groups certainly is in decline over the short term, faith is not a matter of the short term; it is a matter of centuries, and if you look at what is actually going on, you see a rise and decline of faith over centuries in which today's minor fluctuation is a mere blip on the radar.Today most faiths no longer believe in a God who sends people to hell in droves. This is an extremely recent development, even though theologians knew more than a century ago that such a view flew in the face of scriptural revelation of the character of God.  What we are seeing today is the manifestation of people realizing that if they admit their lack of deep faith they are not assumed to be horrible, wicked people headed straight to hell. Organized religion no longer portrays God as some kind of supernatural terrorist-on-steroids.Also, take a look at the Pew numbers! Atheism is in the single digits and faith is still the big show in town. It likely always will be, and there's a reason for that: atheism has no point, no reward, no up-side. And it never will."
16 Paige Turner = "1 in 10 Catholics say they have moved away from the religion, according to a Pew survey."