Two months before Pope Francis first set foot on United States soil for a tour of America’s northeast, he took a trip to South America, where he likened the uninhibited pursuit of money to “the dung of the devil.”

His statement was part of a broader message that unbridled capitalism does not help the poor escape poverty, and many onlookers and analysts interpreted it as a challenge to the U.S. ahead of his trip

“Individualism champions the American narrative, and that is just not how the pope operates,” Claire Markham, outreach manager for the faith and progressive policy initiative at the Center for American Progress, told Mashable. “I just don’t know that someone working hard and striving to be financially successful is something that resonates with the pope.” Read more…

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Pope Francis is skeptical of unbridled capitalism, making for an uneasy fit with America