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Pope pleases the crowd in wide-ranging speech to Congress

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By Euronews
Pope pleases the crowd in wide-ranging speech to Congress

<p>Pope Francis has brought the US Congress to its feet in applause in a speech two both houses meeting in joint session.</p> <p>He is the first pope in history to be accorded the honour.</p> <p>In his speech he called on the US to reject what he called a “mindset <br /> of hostility“ on immigration and to recognize people who wish to <br /> move to the United States as people who are trying to improve their lives and those of their families. It was, he said, a vital aspect of nation-building.</p> <p>He warned that he believed the institutions of marriage and families were under threat as “fundamental relationships are being called into question”, and he condemned the arms trade, calling it “money drenched in blood”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/Pontifex"><code>Pontifex</a> defends death penalty abolition worldwide <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PopeInIDC?src=hash">#PopeInIDC</a> <a href="http://t.co/0BoRSKegNs">http://t.co/0BoRSKegNs</a> <a href="http://t.co/LHYTPzjUV3">http://t.co/LHYTPzjUV3</a></p>&mdash; euronews (</code>euronews) <a href="https://twitter.com/euronews/status/647061592090132480">September 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>