Bishop Barron covered Pope Francis’ recent visit to America for NBC. In this episode, he and Brandon Vogt reflect on four Americans the Pope mentioned in his speech to Congress: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:58 – Pope Francis’ historic visit to America
  • 2:05 – What is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy today?
  • 4:49 – The importance of King’s non-violence
  • 6:23 – The best example of non-violence in the last half-century
  • 8:06 – Why did Pope Francis lift up Abraham Lincoln as a model?
  • 12:09 – Dorothy Day’s “both/and” Catholicism
  • 16:54 – The key to making peace and justice concrete
  • 19:32 – Is it significant that Pope Francis chose fairly flawed figures to lift up?
  • 22:02 – Who was Thomas Merton and how did he influence Bishop Barron?
  • 25:19 – Why Thomas Merton remains important today
  • 28:39 – How Pope Francis pushed Catholic books onto the Amazon bestseller list
  • 28:58 – What was Merton’s best book?
  • 29:40 – How can Merton help evangelize secular people today?
  • 32:37 – Bishop Barron’s recommended books on each of the four heroes

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