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Stephen Schneck, director, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, was quoted in dozens of articles on the Pope's visit. See some of them below.

Pope Departs, After Showing a Deft Touch

From: New York Times
Date: Sept. 27, 2015
Authors: Jim Yardley and Laurie Goodstein

“I was frankly taken aback at how savvy he was,” said Stephen Schneck, the director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America. “He was clearly aware of all the very divisive issues for Catholics in American public life but talked about them in a way that didn’t give ammunition to either conservatives or progressives in the United States to use in their political wars.”

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Common Ground with the Pope on Markets

From: Forbes
Date: Sept. 25, 2015
Author: Fred Krupp

 

In other words, the Pope is not against the market, he just wants it to be used in ways that promote justice and stewardship. Stephen Schneck of the Catholic University of America has described the Pope’s view this way: “The common good sets the principles and the markets should be organized to support these principles.” As it turns out, that also describes the market-based approach that my organization, Environmental Defense Fund, has advocated for three decades.

 

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The Pope, His Black Fiat And The Symbolism Behind It

From: NPR
Date: Sept. 25, 2015
Author: Eyder Peralta

Stephen Schneck, the director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America, said he loves that little car.

"It looks like a clown car when they all get in it. But it's just such a perfect metaphor for his message," he said.

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Pope Francis will skirt abortion, gay marriage

From: Washington Examiner
Date: Sept. 24, 2015
Author: Paige Winfield Cunningham

"I think that he won't use this as an opportunity to speak in detail about specific policies," said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University. "I'd be really surprised if it went in that direction."

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Pope for the people galvanizes millennials

From: News Journal
Date: Sept. 24, 2015
Author: Margie Fishman

And that especially resonates with millennial Catholics, who can feel snubbed by an institution that doesn’t speak their language, said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies in Washington, D.C.

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Pope may take on controversial topics in speech to Congress

From: Boston Globe
Date: Sept. 23, 2015
Author: Tracy Jan

Rather than make specific policy prescriptions, Francis is expected to call upon Congress to rise above their partisan bickering and “step up to the responsibilities that come with all the blessings that providence has given us,” said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

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Obamas greet Pope Francis as pontiff begins historic U.S. trip

From: USA Today
Date: Sept. 22, 2015
Author: Gregory Korte

But the White House meeting may be one of the least important of the visit, said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America. His meetings with those at the margins of society —prisoners in Philadelphia and clients of Catholic Charities in Washington — are more central to his mission to the United States, he said.

"I'm glad he's meeting with the president," Schneck said. "There are important things to talk about. But he's not here to advance legislation on climate change. He's here to advance the Gospel."

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The pope pays a visit to El Cobre and the Virgin Mary

From: USA Today
Date: Sept. 22, 2015
Author: Rick Jervis

"As important as the trips to Havana and Holgiun are, it's the trip to Our Lady of Charity shrine that's the emotional heart of this trip," said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America. "In speaking there, there's a particular outreach to Cuban culture and society that [reaches] the heart of Cuba." 

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Catholics in White House Often Help Obama Build Support for Thorny Policy

From: New York Times
Date: Sept. 22, 2015
Author: Michael D. Shear

“He was disclosing the way he feels about his faith, and how it has meant so much at these different parts of his life,” said Stephen Schneck, the director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University.

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Why Is Pope Francis Coming To The US? Historic Visit Marks Strategic Appeal To America’s Conscience

From: International Business Times
Date: Sept. 22, 2015
Author: Ismat Sarah Mangla

“More than anything else, the pope is hoping to reframe, both for American Catholics and people of goodwill across the country, all of these issues in the contemporary world in a kind of moral dimension,” said Stephen F. Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America. “The U.S. is a central figure in so many of these issues he's passionate about. He’s going to call on Americans’ conscience.”

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Pope Francis may challenge capitalist Catholics during U.S. trip

From: CBC News
Date: Sept. 22, 2015
Author: Meagan Fitzpatrick

"I think we are all really going to have our consciences afflicted," Stephen Schneck, a professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., said in an interview. "I think we are all going to be challenged by what the Pope is calling for."

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Obamas greet Pope Francis as pontiff begins historic U.S. trip

From: USA Today
Date: Sept. 22, 2015
Author: Gregory Korte

But the White House meeting may be one of the least important of the visit, said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America. His meetings with those at the margins of society —prisoners in Philadelphia and clients of Catholic Charities in Washington — are more central to his mission to the United States, he said.

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En Washington se espera que el papa dé un mensaje de justicia social: Stephen Schneck

From: W Radio
Date: Sept. 22, 2015

En entrevista con Julio Sánchez Cristo, director del Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, analiza la llegada del papa a EE.UU.

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Pope begins pastoral visits to Cuba and the U.S.; urges continued normalization

From: Philadelphia Inquirer
Date: Sept. 21, 2015
Author: David O'Reilly

"It's amazing," Stephen Schneck, director of Catholic University of America's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, remarked in a recent interview. "Everything that's packed into this trip - I can't remember anything like it." 

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High anticipation for pope's speech to Congress

From: Newsday
Date: Sept. 21, 2015
Author: Tom Brune

Stephen Schneck, director of Catholic University of America's Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, said: "It won't fit into any of the polarized boxes of politics in America. Progressives and conservatives aren't going to like everything he has to say."

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The president and the pope: Amid politics, a discussion about values

From: USA Today
Date: Sept. 21, 2015
Author: Gregory Korte

"I would guess that some of those sharper issues will not be thrown in the Oval Office but at the staff meeting," said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass later Wednesday.

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Nicht Obamas Papst

From: Deutsche Welle
Date: Sept. 21, 2015
Author: Gero Schließ

Stephen Schneck von der Catholic University in Washington dämpft allerdings Erwartungen auf zu viel Harmonie zwischen den beiden und verweist darauf, dass Papst Franziskus in kein politisches Raster passt. Doch wenn er, wie von vielen Experten vorausgesagt, das Thema Soziale Gerechtigkeit in den Mittelpunkt seiner Reise stellt, dann befindet er sich "in weitgehender Übereinstimmung mit der Demokratischen Partei" Präsident Obamas.

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Pope Francis’ message may divide U.S. Catholics

From: The Washington Times
Date: Sept. 21, 2015
Author: David R. Sands

But Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America — where the pope will celebrate a Mass canonizing Junipero Serra, the Spanish-born Franciscan missionary who helped plant the faith in California in the 1700s — said there is a galvanizing excitement among the students there about Francis that wasn’t the case on previous papal visits.

“I can’t think of anything like it,” he said.

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How a low-profile priest transformed into Pope Francis

From: PBS Newshour
Date: Sept. 21, 2015
Host: Gwen Ifill

"He’s, you know, a second-generation immigrant. And I think the immigrant experience of Italians in Argentina was unique. And Argentine history was one of the shaping factors here.

"It’s a different history than the United States, and, you know, the forces of political life and culture are different than the United States."

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Pope Francis, Donald Trump Show Two Paths to High Poll Numbers

From: Newsweek
Date: Sept. 20, 2015
Author: Emily Cadei

“Everyone should pause for a moment in awe of just how extremely popular Pope Francis is,” Stephen Schneck, the director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University said at a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. “I can’t think of anything else like it in the course of our public lives.” 

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Pope's Mass in Cuba draws hundreds of thousands

From: CBS 19
Date: Sept. 20, 2015
Author: Risa Morris

Pope Francis’s global appeal, being the first Latin American pope and his ability to deliver speeches in his native Spanish could make his trip particularly impactful to Cubans, said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America.

“There’s a special quality about this visit that will go beyond what we saw with John Paul II and Benedict,” he said. “The hope is that he’s a catalyst for spiritual transformation.”

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Thousands turn out to cheer Pope Francis in Havana

From: USA Today
Date: Sept. 19, 2015
Author: Rick Jervis

Pope Francis’s global appeal, being the first Latin American pope and his ability to deliver speeches in his native Spanish could make his trip particularly impactful to Cubans, said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America.

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Three Popes Have Visited the United States—Here's What They Said

From: National Geographic
Date: Sept. 18, 2015
Author: Lindsay Smith

The first three to make the trip were the last three long-serving popes—the list excludes John Paul I, who was pope for just over a month—a sign of how important U.S. visits have become for church leaders. “Popes come here not just to speak to the United States, but to speak to the world,” says Stephen Schneck, Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America.

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Waiting for the Popemobile

From: Roll Call
Date: Sept. 18, 2015
Author: Kellie Mejdrich

“In every country that he goes to, how he moves around and so forth has become a matter of speculation,” said Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, who said with a chuckle he’s no expert on the pope’s vehicle of choice.

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Pope's Visit to Cuba Marks 'Moment in History'

From: CBN News
Date: Sept. 18, 2015
Author: Heather Sells

"I think there's a sense that change is in the air in Cuba," Dr. Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., told CBN News.

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Pope Francis in the U.S.

From: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
Date: Sept. 18, 2015
Host: Bob Abernethy

"Well, I think first of all he’s coming as a pastor, and we can’t forget that. But I suspect what he’ll do when he’s here is he’s going to use the occasion to prick the American conscience. I think that he’s going to reach out and try to call America to realize that with all of our blessings come responsibilities. I think that he’s going to call us to recognize the moral dimension of those responsibilities."

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In Pope Francis’s visit, White House sees a chance to transcend politics

From: The Washington Post
Date: Sept. 17, 2015
Authors: Greg Jaffe and Juliet Eilperin

The president “does feel stung by the fact that the official Catholic Church, the institutional church in the United States, has not warmed to him,” said Stephen Schneck, who co-chaired Catholics for Obama during the 2012 campaign. “He feels that particularly.”

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U.S. Catholics support pope, see need to embrace ‘new balance’ in politics

From: Catholic News Service
Date: Sept. 17, 2015
Author: Dennis Sadowski

“The most important takeaway (from the survey) is for all of us to recognize that this pope offers a framework for consideration of so many aspects of our public life,” Stephen Schneck, institute director, said during a news briefing Sept. 16 at the National Press Club to release poll results. “He’s offering us a way to rethink issues that are so important in our contemporary world.”

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Vatican Eschews K Street But Has Ear of Congress

From: Roll Call
Date: Sept. 16, 2015
Author: Kate Ackley

“The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops obviously works very closely with the Vatican and is constantly in the process of making policy recommendations,” said Steve Schneck, who leads the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University.

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Obama's papal balancing act

From: Politico
Date: Sept. 12, 2015
Author: Nahal Toosi

"Essentially, the president can’t talk about any specific policy except for maybe some foreign policy areas, like concern about the Syrian migration and refugee issue. But beyond that, anything that's domestic public policy that’s specific the president has to stay away from, because that would be trading on the authenticity of the moment," said Stephen Schneck, who heads a policy institute at the Catholic University of America.

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Holy Lobbying: Climate, Abortion in Spotlight for Pope's Visit

From: Roll Call
Date: Sept. 9, 2015
Author: Kate Ackley

“He’s going to be talking about things at a transcendent level, and he won’t be endorsing a particular piece of legislation,” said Steve Schneck, who heads the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America. “That said, he’s already having an impact politically, and I think it’s just going to become more profound as we get closer to his arrival and the aftermath.”

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Obama to seek unity with Pope Francis on climate, Cuba, other issues in White House visit

From: Associated Press
Date: Aug. 26, 2015
Author: Josh Lederman

"In a way, Pope Francis has become a conscience for this age of the world. When President Obama came to office, he too had that aura for at least the first couple of years," said Stephen Schneck, who runs the Catholic politics institute at Catholic University of America. "But Pope Francis' message is moral and religious. He's not going to be talking about legislation."

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