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Pope Francis addresses fractious U.S. Congress

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 02:16

In the first ever papal address to the U.S. Congress, Pope Francis delivers a rousing speech to polarized lawmakers on issues including climate change and immigration. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The day began with smiles and selfies as the Pope greeted fans who'd waited hours to see him. ...and then after a short drive to Capitol Hill, the first OFFICIAL meeting of the day with a clearly nervous(?) House Speaker John Boehner. It was Boehner, a Catholic, who'd invited Pope Francis to address the joint session of Congress. It was the first time a Pope had ever received such an invitiation. And when he entered the packed chamber, lawmakers gave the pontiff a rousing welcome. But noone was expecting an easy sermon from Pope Francis. His political views on climate change, immigration, abortion and gay marriage are well known, andn he wasn't going to spare Washignton politicians the benefits of his opinions...staring with immigration. And on climate change, the Pope was equally clear. Pope Francis also touched on religious extremism, the arms trade, poverty and called for an end to the death penalty in the US....well aware that he was addressing a House and Senate more polarised than at any other time in generations. Even so, when it was over, whether they agreed or not the lawmakers did come together.... with a standing ovation.

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Pope Francis addresses fractious U.S. Congress

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 02:16