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Pope Francis' message to Congress had something for everyone: climate change, immigration, abortion and the deep political divide in Washington. Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers reacted with admiration.
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Pope Francis delivered a speech before a joint meeting of Congress Thursday. The speech comes at a time when Congress is so divided over the issue of abortion that the government could shut down. The address touched on themes of social justice, family and climate change, issues that the Congress is also divided about.
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Many political leaders were visibly moved by the mere first-ever presence of a pope in the chamber, but the speech itself was full of politics.
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The pope spoke for 51 minutes before Congress and read his speech verbatim from prepared remarks. That is, except for one line he omitted about politics not being "a slave to the economy and finance."
In case you missed it: The full audio of Pope Francis' speech to a joint meeting of Congress, paired with his prepared remarks and analysis from Morning Edition.