MANCHESTER >> Author and professor Martin Weinstein will examine the formative influences on Pope Francis's philosophy in a talk at Manchester's First Congregational Church on April 6 at 7 p.m. His talk, "The People's Pope," is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Talks in Manchester are hosted by Manchester Community Library.

Pope Francis's emphasis on the poor and marginalized has energized social justice in the Roman Catholic Church. Dr. Weinstein, professor emeritus at William Paterson University, will examine the foundations of the Pope's philosophy, the history of the church in Latin America, and the rise of liberation theology.

Dr. Weinstein received his PhD from New York University. He is Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, at the William Paterson University of New Jersey, specializing in Latin American politics. He is the author of "Uruguay: The Politics of Failure and Uruguay: Democracy at the Crossroads," and the editor of Revolutionary Cuba in the World Arena. Dr. Weinstein is the recipient of two Fulbright awards and has lectured at Boston University, Columbia University, New York University, and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, as well as at several institutions of higher education in Argentina and Uruguay.

The National Life Group Foundation and the Vermont Department of Libraries are the statewide underwriters of First Wednesdays. "The People's Pope" is underwritten by Keelan Family Foundation.


Manchester Community Library is sponsored by The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Tavern, The Spiral Press Café, and Vermont Renewable Fuels.

The First Congregational Church is located at 3624 Main St. (Rt. 7A) in Manchester Village. For more information, contact Manchester Community Library at 802-362-2607 or the Vermont Humanities Council at 802-262-2626,, or visit