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Pope Francis begins visit to USA with call for environmental action


Pope Francis begins visit to USA with call for environmental action

Pope Francis has been quick to set the tone for his first-ever visit as pontiff to the United States.

Greeted at the White House by the Obamas and a military band, his speech included appeals for America to become a “truly tolerant and inclusive society”, and a warning to America’s Catholic bishops that child abuse was a horror that “must never happen again”.

“You reminded us that the Lord’s most powerful message is mercy. That means welcoming the stranger with empathy and a truly open heart, from the refugee who flees war-torn lands to the emigrant who leaves home in search of a better life,” said Obama.

He also praised President Obama’s efforts to fight climate change.

“It seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to future generations,” said Francis.

He then won the hearts of the crowd when he overrode his motorcade’s security detail to allow a little girl to approach the popemobile with a gift.

Not all Americans are glad to see him, however, with some sections of the media boiling over with criticism of the pope’s positions on several issues.

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