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In Francis, Obama Finds an Ally to Amplify His Agenda to Public

  • Pope's social justice, climate messages align with president
  • Political lines on poverty, immigration hardened in U.S.
Pope Francis looks on during his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on Sept. 2, 2015.

Pope Francis looks on during his weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on Sept. 2, 2015.

Photographer: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Pope Francis’s attempt to inject moral urgency into dealing with poverty, immigration and climate change is about to run into entrenched political divisions in the U.S.

The pontiff’s agenda neatly dovetails with that of President Barack Obama, and some of his advisers are looking to Francis’s arrival in the U.S. on Tuesday as a way to lift the prospects of getting the unfinished work of his presidency done.