Pope Francis pictured after his speech at the joint meeting of Congress | (

Pope Francis addressed Congress on the third day of his visit to Washington, praising American values but urging changes to better serve the dignity of all. He is the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to speak before US lawmakers.

In the hour-long speech on Thursday morning, the Pope touched on a number of topics, ranging from immigration and poverty to conflict and the environment, drawing occasional ovations from the entire chamber.

Thanking Congress for the invitation to address them “in the land of the free and the home of the brave,” the pontiff framed his remarks around four notable Americans, singling out Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton as individuals who“shaped fundamental values which will endure forever in the spirit of the American people.”
(Russia Today)

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