GRANITE BAY, Calif. --- Doug Batchelor has announced that he will be interviewing Pope Francis as part of an Amazing Facts special during the pope's visit to the United States later this month. The pontiff will be in the United States from September 22 to 27. He will address the United States Congress and meet with various political and religious leaders. The Vatican agreed to Bachelor's interview request as long as the conversation was kept short and Batchelor submitted his questions ahead of time in Latin.
As one of Adventism's most high-profile critic of the pope many were surprised that Batchelor asked to interview Pope Francis. "We Adventists have legitimate concerns about the power of the papacy and it's role in earth's history," said Batchelor. "I've talked a lot about my concerns about Pope Francis and I thought it was time to actually hear what he had to say in response."
Although the pope is not slated to visit the Amazing Facts studios in Northern California, Batchelor will travel to meet the pope soon before his address to Congress in Washington DC. Papal aides have warned Amazing Facts that the pope's schedule is subject to change and Batchelor said he is open to any eventuality.
"If I get bumped the DC trip won't be wasted,' said Batchelor. "I was planning on paying a visit to Ben Carson since he lives not too far away. I want him to really think about the prophetic implications of an Adventist US president."
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