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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.”

Sep 24, 2015

‘No justification whatsoever’ for homelessness, pope says in Washington

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.

Sep 24, 2015

Pope tells Congress U.S. should reject hostility to immigrants

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.

Sep 24, 2015

Pope Francis set to address fractious U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fresh off his meeting with President Barack Obama, Pope Francis delivers a speech on Thursday to a U.S. Congress led by Republicans who have opposed Obama on issues of importance to the pontiff including climate change and immigration.

Francis, who arrived Tuesday in Washington on a U.S. trip that also will take him to New York and Philadelphia, is set to become the first pope to address a joint meeting of the Senate and House of Representatives at 9:20 a.m. EDT.

Sep 23, 2015

Newly named Saint Serra a controversial figure in U.S. history

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pope Francis took one of the most controversial steps of his U.S. visit on Wednesday when he canonized an 18th-century missionary known by admirers as the “Apostle of California” but accused by Native Americans of helping to eradicate their culture.

The man now known as Saint Junipero Serra arrived in what is now San Diego in 1769 and went on to found nine of the 21 missions that grew into modern-day California. He is a household name in the most populous U.S. state, where many streets and buildings bear his name.

Sep 23, 2015

Pope to meet with Obama at White House on historic U.S. visit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pope Francis and President Barack Obama are set to hold private talks at the White House on Wednesday before the pontiff parades through streets of Washington on the first full day of his first visit to the United States.

Francis and Obama see eye-to-eye on some issues like climate change and defense of the poor but are at odds over abortion and gay marriage.

Sep 23, 2015

Pope starts U.S. trip with modesty, tone of conciliation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pope Francis launched his first visit to the United States with a characteristic gesture of humility on Tuesday, and sent a conciliatory message to the world’s wealthiest nation about his frequent criticism of capitalism.

After a red carpet welcome by President Barack Obama at an air base near the capital, the 78-year-old Argentine headed off to Washington not in a limousine as is customary but in a modest Fiat.

Sep 22, 2015

Pope’s trip ties Cuba to U.S. with message of reconciliation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pope Francis was to due to arrive in the United States on Tuesday bearing a message that the power and wealth that Washington symbolizes should be made to serve humanity, and not the other way around.

The Argentine-born leader of the world’s 1.2 billion member Roman Catholic church arrives in the U.S. capital from Cuba, where he urged a continued reconciliation between the Communist-run island and its superpower neighbour, building on a new detente he helped to broker earlier this year.

Sep 22, 2015

Pope’s U.S. visit to focus on use of power and needs of the poor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pope Francis was to due to arrive in the United States on Tuesday bearing a message that the power and wealth that Washington symbolizes should be made to serve humanity, and not the other way around.

The Argentine-born leader of the world’s 1.2 billion member Roman Catholic church arrives in the U.S. capital from Cuba, where he urged a continued reconciliation between the Communist-run island and its superpower neighbor, building on a new detente he helped to broker earlier this year.

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      "Scott Malone is the Boston-based editor in charge for general news overseeing the northeastern United States, where he covers everything from politics to storms to the weird and wonderful of New England. Scott has interviewed newsmakers ranging from Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, to chart-topping rockers Aerosmith. His reporting has taken him from storm-swept New Orleans to the weather observatory atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire."
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