PHILADELPHIA, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Pope Francis was set to
meet with his bishops and a group of inmates at a Pennsylvania
prison on Sunday before saying Mass for an expected crowd of 1.5
million people on the final day of his historic visit to the
The first Latin American pope has focused his first U.S.
trip on immigration, urging Americans to lay aside their
“hostility” to newcomers and addressing adoring crowds of Latino
Catholics in his native Spanish.
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis, speaking in America’s birthplace on Saturday, offered stout words of support to Hispanic and other immigrants in the United States, telling them not to be discouraged at a time when some prominent politicians are directing hostility toward them.
The 78-year-old Argentine pontiff toured Independence Hall in Philadelphia before addressing a crowd estimated at more than 40,000 outside the 18th century red brick building where basic American liberties were proclaimed and where independence from Britain was declared.
A majority of Americans agree with Pope Francis’ call for world leaders to do more to combat climate change, with more than twice as many supporting the pope’s message on the environment as opposing it, according to a poll released on Friday.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Pope Francis, leading a multi-faith prayer service at the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, on Friday called on people to embrace diversity and resist attempts to impose uniformity.
Earlier in a speech to the United Nations, he condemned the persecution of religious minorities and the destruction of cultural heritage, a clear reference to the actions of Islamic State militants in Syria.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Pope Francis met for lunch
with 200 people who are homeless or living in poverty in
Washington on Thursday and told them there was no social or
moral justification for homelessness.
Francis, after delivering a speech to the U.S. Congress in
which he urged lawmakers to do more to help society’s most
vulnerable people, visited a Catholic Charities center that
provides food, medical services and help in job hunting.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pope Francis told Congress on Thursday that the United States should reject hostility to immigrants and treat them humanely, directly addressing a thorny subject that is dividing the country and stirring debate in the 2016 presidential campaign.
In the first speech by a pope to a U.S. Congress,
the Argentine pontiff said the United States “must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past,” when dealing with immigrants.