What's Next: September 24, 2015

US President Barack Obama looks on as Pope Francis signs a Papal encyclical in the Oval Office during ceremonies welcoming the pontiff to the White House in Washington on Sept 23, 2015.
US President Barack Obama looks on as Pope Francis signs a Papal encyclical in the Oval Office during ceremonies welcoming the pontiff to the White House in Washington on Sept 23, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

Pope addressing US Congress

Pope Francis will become the first pontiff to address the US Congress today, where he is expected to tailor his criticisms of capitalism's excesses for a country in which the philosophy is nearly a faith. His topics will include critiques of the dominance of finance and technology, and a condemnation of world powers over the conflicts gripping the planet. He will also talk about climate change and appeal to protect immigrants, according to Vatican sources.

tabla! to name Community Champion

tabla! - the newspaper for the Indian community in Singapore - will be announcing the winner of the fifth tabla! Community Champion Award today.

Launched in 2011, the award is presented to a member of the Indian community who has done outstanding work for the less fortunate in Singapore. The award will be presented by Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah.

Release of Japan's factory activity data

Japan's purchasing managers' index (PMI), which measures the performance of the nation's factory output from a survey of 400 industrial companies, will be released today.

The PMI had come in at 51.7 last month, the fastest pace since January when the reading was 52.2. It was the fourth straight month of a level above 50, which indicates expansion.

The economy is expected to resume growing in this quarter if consumer spending improves.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2015, with the headline 'What's Next: September 24, 2015'. Print Edition | Subscribe