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Pope Francis' Views On Climate Change, Abortion Spark Debate Among Catholics09:44
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Pope Francis meets with President Barack Obama during his first trip to the United States. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Pope Francis meets with President Barack Obama during his first trip to the United States. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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In a landmark encyclical, Pope Francis spoke out about climate change: He thinks it's man-made. He's also spoken about income inequality and offered forgiveness to women who have had abortions.

Those are views normally out of step with more conservative Catholics. But a new poll from The New York Times and CBS News says the pope is becoming more popular, even among conservatives.

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Robert Royal, founder of the Faith & Reason Institute, about American Catholics' view of the pope.

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This segment aired on September 23, 2015.

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