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Pope wraps up historic U.S. visit

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 02:24

Pope Francis urges the world's wealthiest nation to welcome immigrants and do more to combat climate change during his first U.S. visit. Paul Chapman reports.

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More than a million people turned out for the open-air mass in Philadelphia on Sunday which marked the end of the Pope's first visit to the U.S. He's touched on some of the country's thorniest issues during his six-day trip. The Pontiff's urged the world's wealthiest nation to welcome immigrants, end homelessness and do more to tackle climate change. And, after meeting victims of sex abuse by members of the clergy, he's pledging action against those involved in its commission and cover-up. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) POPE FRANCIS SAYING: "I have in my heart the stories of suffering and the pain of the minors who were sexually abused by priests. This disgrace keeps burdening me, that the people who had the responsibility of caring for these tender ones raped them and caused them great pain. God weeps for the sexual abuse of children. The crimes of child sexual abuse cannot be maintained any longer. I am committed to a careful oversight in the church that youth are protected, and all responsible will be held accountable." Also on Sunday the Pope visited a Philadelphia jail where was critical of the U.S. prison system. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) POPE FRANCIS SAYING: "It's painful when we see prison systems which are not concerned to care for wounds, to soothe pain, to offer new possibilities." The Pontiff's departure for Rome brings to an end a busy schedule for the 78-year-old who's met President Barack Obama, addressed Congress and the U.N General Assembly during the visit.

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Pope wraps up historic U.S. visit

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 02:24