Greeted by excited crowds on the streets of Washington, Pope Francis didn’t hold back in sharing his views regarding hot-topic issues such as traditional marriage, Cuba and climate. During the welcoming ceremony at the White House, the Pontiff definitely lived up to his reputation for blunt talk, introducing himself as the son “of the kind of immigrant family on which America was built.” This was a clear reference to the growing controversy surrounding the millions of undocumented families in the U.S.
Born in Argentina, Francis addressed the crowd at the White House in English and stated that he was prepared to hear the “hopes and dreams of the American people” and provide guidance to those who are in the position to shape the political future of the nation.
In a number of comments that may antagonize Republicans, the Pope also endorsed the President's efforts related to climate change, as well as rebuilding the country’s ties with Cuba after over 50 years of distance. He is reported as telling the president that it was “encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution.”
He continued on to say, “When it comes to the care of our ‘common home’ we are living at a critical moment of history.” During his six day visit, the Pope has quite a few engagements, including a mass where thousands of people are expected to attend.
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