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Pope Francis urges unity in address to Congress

Pope Francis urges unity in address to Congress

Pope Francis urged the country to set aside partisan divisions and focus instead on hope and healing in a historic address to Congress on Thursday that briefly suspended political rancor in the nation's capital.

Describing himself as the son of immigrants, the first pope from the New World offered an impassioned defense of "the stranger in our midst," called for an end to the death penalty globally and implored policymakers to adopt "courageous actions" to address climate change.

Delivering the first address by a pope to Congress, the pontiff's overarching moral theme was the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." The...

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