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Pope Francis Urges Climate Action during U.S. Visit

Pope Francis visited the United States this week, stopping at the White House and the U.S. Congress in Washington, U.N. headquarters in New York, and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

On Wednesday, The New York Times (9/23) described the pope’s first day in Washington as blending “the splendor of an ancient church with the frenzy of a modern rock star tour.” The Times highlighted his comments on climate change, immigration, poverty and other issues of U.S. and global concern.

U.S. News & World Report (9/23) and TIME (9/23) covered Francis’ visit to the White House, where he praised President Obama’s efforts to reduce air pollution and called climate change “a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation.”

Fortune (9/23) posted the full transcript of the pope’s speech.

On Thursday, The Guardian (9/24) covered Francis’ speech to the U.S. Congress, where he spoke about immigration, the refugee crisis in Europe, climate change, the arms trade and other issues.

TIME (9/24) posted the full transcript of the speech to Congress.

On Friday, The New York Times (9/25) covered Pope Francis’ speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, where he called for global peace and environmental justice and stressed the need to fight global poverty.

TIME (9/25) posted the full transcript of that speech.

In an opinion on CNN (9/25), U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon applauded the pope’s efforts to call attention to climate change.

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