(NBC) After greeting excited children outside his embassy and thousands of followers waiting to see him, Pope Francis arrived at the Nations Capital. He met with lawmakers,then delivered a simple message to Congress: Get along!
“We must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of fraternity and solidarity.” said Pope Francis
He mentioned Dr. Martin Luther King and got the first of several standing ovations.
“That dream continues to inspire us all.” said Pope Francis
This much-anticipated message, the first ever by a pope, condemened religious extremists, the death penalty,urged compassion for immigrants,
and took a hard line on protecting human life.
“The golden rule reminds us to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.” stated the Pope
He called for equality, an end to weapons of war, and “courageous action” on climate change.
“I am convinced we can make a difference. I’m sure.” said Pope Francis
After the speech, the Pope came outside and addressed thousands who’d been waiting on the National Mall.
“Thank you and God bless America!” said Pope Francis