Pope Francis http://kgou.org en 'I'm A Great Admirer,' Obama Tells Pope Francis http://kgou.org/post/im-great-admirer-obama-tells-pope-francis One leader whose <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2014/03/26/obama-pope-francis-poll-saint-leo-university-polling-institute/6915419/" target="_blank">popularity around the world has been eclipsed by the other</a> met for the first time Thursday when President Obama visited Pope Francis at the Vatican.<p>Obama, who has seen his approval numbers decline since he took office in 2009, met for about 50 minutes with the pope, who has become one of the world's most popular leaders since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic Church a year ago.<p>"It is a great honor. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:58:46 +0000 Mark Memmott 26042 at http://kgou.org 'I'm A Great Admirer,' Obama Tells Pope Francis World Views: December 13, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-december-13-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rebecca Cruise and Joshua Landis join Suzette Grillot to discuss subtle reminders of Nelson Mandela's controversial legacy during a week of celebration of the late president's life, and Pope Francis's selection as <em>Time</em></span>&nbsp; magazine's 2013 <a href="http://poy.time.com/2013/12/11/person-of-the-year-pope-francis-the-peoples-pope/">"Person of the Year.'</a></p><p>Later, a conversation with Oklahoma native and former Army interrogator <a href="https://blacklisttraining.com/eric-maddox">Eric Maddox</a>. Ten years ago Friday, months of his intelligence work paid off when U.S. soldiers captured deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise & Joshua Landis 19149 at http://kgou.org World Views: December 13, 2013 Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Reinforces Sea Change In Papacy And Catholic Church http://kgou.org/post/time-s-person-year-reinforces-sea-change-papacy-and-catholic-church <p></p><p>In only his first year, <a href="http://poy.time.com/2013/12/11/person-of-the-year-pope-francis-the-peoples-pope/">Pope Francis&nbsp;was selected</a> by <em>Time </em>magazine's editors as the person who had the greatest impact on the world, for good or bad, during 2013.</p><p><em>Time</em> Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs said&nbsp;Pope&nbsp;Francis&nbsp;had changed the tone, the perception and focus of one of the world's largest institutions in an extraordinary way.</p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/rebecca-cruise.html">Rebecca Cruise</a>, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis.html">College of International Studies</a>, tells KGOU’s <em>World Views </em>host Suzette Grillot the enthusiasm created by Pope Francis is palpable.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:02:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot & Associated Press 19140 at http://kgou.org Time’s ‘Person Of The Year’ Reinforces Sea Change In Papacy And Catholic Church Pope Francis Is Person Of The Year, 'Time' Says http://kgou.org/post/pope-francis-person-year-time-says "For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world's largest faith to confronting its deepest needs and for balancing judgment with mercy, <a href="http://poy.time.com/2013/12/11/person-of-the-year-pope-francis-the-peoples-pope">Pope Francis is <em>Time</em>'s 2013 Person of the Year</a>."<p>The magazine adds that:<p><blockquote><p>"What makes this pope so important is the speed with which he has captured the imaginations of millions who had given up on hoping for the church at all. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:17:30 +0000 Mark Memmott 18951 at http://kgou.org Pope Francis Is Person Of The Year, 'Time' Says Pope Slams 'Disposable' Culture That Marginalizes Many http://kgou.org/post/pope-slams-disposable-culture-marginalizes-many Around the world today, the powerful "feed upon the powerless" and too many people are treated as "consumer goods to be used and then discarded," <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=174237289" target="_blank">Pope Francis</a> writes in his first major paper since becoming leader of the Roman Catholic church last May.<p>Echoing his <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/05/16/184546859/pope-francis-denounces-cult-of-money" target="_blank">earlier denunciation of the "cult of money,"</a> the pope goes on at length in <a href="http://www.vatican.va/holy_f Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:40:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 17942 at http://kgou.org Pope Slams 'Disposable' Culture That Marginalizes Many Vatican Puts St. Peter's Bones On Display For The First Time http://kgou.org/post/vatican-puts-st-peters-bones-display-first-time In the Vatican today, a surreal scene:<p>That's Pope Francis, the 266th Bishop of Rome, holding what the church believes are the bone fragments of St. Peter, the apostle and <a href="http://www.usccb.org/bible/mt/16:18">the first bishop of Rome</a>.<p>Pope Francis cradled the relics during a mass at St. Peter's Square, which marked the end of the global church's Year of Faith. Sun, 24 Nov 2013 17:22:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 17832 at http://kgou.org Vatican Puts St. Peter's Bones On Display For The First Time Church Must Find Balance, Pope Says, Or Fall Like Cards http://kgou.org/post/church-must-find-balance-pope-says-or-fall-cards Pope Francis, <a href="http://www.americamagazine.org/pope-interview">in a wide-ranging interview with 16 Jesuit publications</a>, says "the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards" if it continues to focus on narrow issues such as abortion, gay marriage and contraception.<p>"I see clearly that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful," he said in the 12,000-word interview that was also published in <em><a href="http://www.americamagazine.org/pope-interview">America Magazine</a></em>. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:41:21 +0000 editor 13848 at http://kgou.org Church Must Find Balance, Pope Says, Or Fall Like Cards World Views: July 26, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-july-26-2013 <p></p><p>Suzette Grillot hosts the program from Scotland, and Rebecca Cruise joins her by phone from Washington, D.C. to talk about the economic "baby bump" created by Prince George of Cambridge, and Pope Francis's visit to Brazil.</p><p>Later, former&nbsp;<em>World Views&nbsp;</em>research fellow Jack Randolph returns to the KGOU studios to talk about his latest trip to Tel Aviv. He returned to Israel this week to work with <a href="http://www.peaceplayersintl.org/our-programs/middle-east">Peace Players International</a>, an organization that strives to use sports to bring divided communities together.</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Brian Hardzinski & Hallie Arias 10399 at http://kgou.org World Views: July 26, 2013 Rebel Pope Urges Catholics To Shake Up Dioceses http://kgou.org/post/rebel-pope-urges-catholics-shake-dioceses <p></p><p>Pope&nbsp;Francis is urging young Catholics to shake up the church and make a "mess" in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith.</p><p>It's a message he put into practice by visiting one of Rio's most violent slums and opening the church's World Youth Day on a rain-soaked Copacabana Beach Thursday.</p><p>“1970s surveys suggested that 90 percent of Brazilians identified with being Catholic, and now it's just shy of 60 percent,” says <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/administration/Grillot_Home_Page.html">Suzette Grillot</a>, the Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. “You've seen declining numbers. The pope wants to try to boost those numbers.”</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:47:05 +0000 Associated Press & Brian Hardzinski 10388 at http://kgou.org Rebel Pope Urges Catholics To Shake Up Dioceses World Views: March 29, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-march-29-2013 <p></p><p>Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss the banking crisis in the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, and the decision to re-try American student Amanda Knox in Italy.</p><p>University of Oklahoma Italian language and literature professor <a href="http://modlang.ou.edu/faculty.php?action=display&amp;id=40&amp;language=Italian" target="_blank">Jason Houston</a> joins Grillot&nbsp;from Arezzo, Italy. He's been following the Catholic Church's transition of power in the Vatican, and <a href="http://italytodaywithdante.blogspot.it/2013/03/the-great-refusal.html" target="_blank">speculates</a> what the last voluntary papal resignation in 1294 could teach us about 2013.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot & Rebecca Cruise 2815 at http://kgou.org World Views: March 29, 2013