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Sep 26, 2015

Pope moved by impromptu flight over Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island

NEW YORK/PHILADELPHIA, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Pope Francis flew
over New York’s Statue of Liberty and the former immigration
station of Ellis Island aboard a helicopter on Saturday, in an
unscheduled detour that gave him nostalgia for his home town
Buenos Aires.

Flying to JFK International Airport to take a plane to
Philadelphia, the pope asked the helicopter pilot to circle the
landmarks, New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan said.

Sep 26, 2015

Pope heads to Philadelphia to promote religious freedom

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pope Francis, a day after addressing the United Nations in New York, travels on Saturday to Philadelphia, the birthplace of American independence, to promote the issue of religious freedom on the penultimate day of his first visit to the United States.

The 78-year-old Argentine pontiff, due to fly from New York and arrive in Philadelphia around 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT), is set to go to the site of Independence Hall, the 18th century red-brick building where the nation’s two bedrock documents, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, were adopted.

Sep 26, 2015
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At U.N., Pope Francis condemns “boundless thirst” for wealth and power

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(Pope Francis arrives for a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York, September 25, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Pope Francis on Friday condemned the craving for material gains and power, warning an annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations that greed is destroying the Earth’s resources and aggravating poverty.

Sep 26, 2015

At U.N., pope condemns ‘boundless thirst’ for wealth and power

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Friday condemned the craving for material gains and power, warning an annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations that greed is destroying the Earth’s resources and aggravating poverty.

The 78-year-old Argentine pontiff also prayed at the memorial to those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in perhaps the most solemn moment of his first visit to the United States.

Sep 25, 2015

Pope’s visit to New York school sparks hope for shuttered parish

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cheers rang out in the streets of Harlem on Friday, as crowds listening remotely to Pope Francis on his visit to a mostly Latino and black school heard him share Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s famous words about fighting for your beliefs.

Third- and fourth-grade schoolchildren met with the pope at Our Lady Queen of Angels School, which serves an economically struggling and mostly immigrant community, and showed their environmentally themed projects to the Argentine pontiff whose mission is helping immigrants and the poor.

Sep 25, 2015

At U.N., Pope attacks ‘boundless thirst’ for wealth and power

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Friday
strongly condemned the craving for material gains and power,
telling world leaders gathered at the United Nations that greed
is destroying the Earth’s resources and aggravating poverty.

“A selfish and boundless thirst for power and material
prosperity leads both to the misuse of available natural
resources and to the exclusion of the weak and disadvantaged,”
he said in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Sep 25, 2015
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Addressing Congress, Pope Francis urges U.S. to end hostility toward immigrants

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(Pope Francis (C) gets a standing ovation as he addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in Washington September 24, 2015. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan)

Pope Francis beseeched Americans to end hostility toward immigrants in a historic speech before the U.S. Congress on Thursday, weighing in forcefully on a divisive issue that is stirring debate in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Sep 25, 2015

Pope expected to address refugee crisis, climate in U.N. speech

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pope Francis goes to the United Nations on Friday to address global leaders on the need to help refugees fleeing wars and plea for greater attention to the world’s poor and downtrodden.

The pope arrived in New York on Thursday night from Washington after urging Congress to help heal many of the nation’s divisive wounds such as the current heated political battle over immigration.

Sep 25, 2015

Addressing Congress, pope urges U.S. to end hostility toward immigrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pope Francis beseeched Americans to end hostility toward immigrants in a historic speech before the U.S. Congress on Thursday, weighing in forcefully on a divisive issue that is stirring debate in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Bringing a message that America’s power and wealth should be used to serve humanity, the 78-year-old pontiff said the United States must not turn its back on “the stranger in our midst.”

Sep 24, 2015

Before Congress, Pope urges U.S. to end hostility to immigrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a historic speech to the U.S.
Congress, Pope Francis on Thursday asked Americans to end
hostility towards immigrants, jumping into a divisive debate
about how the country should deal with millions of undocumented
workers and their families.

Bringing a message that America’s power and wealth should be
used to serve humanity, the Argentine pontiff said the United
States must not turn its back on “the stranger in our midst.”