Pope Francis speaks to the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 24, 2015. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis speaks to the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 24, 2015. Credit: L’Osservatore Romano.


Pope Francis has returned to Rome after his papal visit to Cuba and the United States.

The Sept. 22-27 visit included stops in Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia.

He gave many great speeches and homilies during his visit, but three of the biggest occurred in each city:

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Washington, D.C.
In his lengthy speech to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis said the family is being threatened today like never before. He then praised American figures, including Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., for their tireless efforts to defend freedom and values. The Pope also boldly condemned the death penalty and the arms trade, calling for their global abolition.
The full text can be read here.

New York City
On Friday Pope Francis told members of the United Nations that there is no room for “ideological colonization” in their agenda. He stressed the need to go beyond policies to concrete solutions in caring for the poor and vulnerable, as well as the environment.
The full text can be read here.

Philadelphia
During the Festival of Families, a visibly moved Pope Francis ditched his prepared remarks during his speech to thousands of families gathered in Philadelphia Saturday night. Instead he gave an impromptu reflection on the beauty and dire importance of family life.

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