Pope Francis addresses fractious U.S. Congress

9/28/2015 10:32:20 AM
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In the first ever papal address to the U.S. Congress, Pope Francis delivers a rousing speech to polarized lawmakers on issues including climate change and immigration.


The day began with smiles and selfies as the Pope greeted fans who'd waited hours to see him... and then after a short drive to Capitol Hill, the first official meeting of the day with a clearly nervous.
It was Boehner, a Catholic, who'd invited Pope Francis to address the joint session of Congress. It was the first time a Pope had ever received such an invitation.
And when he entered the packed chamber, lawmakers gave the pontiff arousing welcome.
But no one was expecting an easy sermon from Pope Francis. His political views on climate change, immigration, abortion and gay marriage are well known, and he wasn't going to spare Washington politicians the benefits of his opinions... staring with immigration.
"We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners", Pope Fracis.
And on climate change, the Pope was equally clear:
-I call for a courageous and responsible effort to "redirect our steps" (ibid., 61), and to avert and to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity. I am convinced that we can make a difference.
Pope Francis also touched on religious extremism, the arms trade, poverty and called for an end to the death penalty in the US....well aware that he was addressing a House and Senate more polarized than at any other time in generations.
Even so, when it was over, whether they agreed or not, the lawmakers did come together.... with a standing ovation.


  • Catholic (n) /'kæθ.əl.ɪk/ - Roman Catholic (Công giáo La Mã)
  • pontiff (n) /ˈpɒn.tɪf/ - leader of the Roman Catholic church (Giáo hoàng)
  • rousing (adj) /ˈraʊ.zɪŋ/ - making people feel excited and proud or ready to take action (nhiệt liệt, nồng nhiệt)
  • sermon (n) /ˈsɜː.mən/ - a part of a Christian church ceremony in which a priest gives a talk on a religious or moral subject, often based on something written in the Bible (bài giảng đạo, bài thuyết giáo)
  • abortion (n) /əˈbɔːt ʃn/ - to stop the development of a baby that has not been born, usually by having a medical operation (nạo phá thai)
  • avert (v) /əˈvɜːt/ - prevent something bad from happening (ngăn chặn)
  • touched on/ upon (v) /tʌtʃ/ - mention a subject quickly when speaking or writing about another subject (đề cập nhanh, lướt qua)
  • arms (n) /ɑːrmz/ - weapons and equipment used to kill and injure people (vũ khí)
  • senate (n) /ˈsenət/ - the group of politicians who have the most power to make laws in a government (thượng viện)
  • ovation (n) /əʊˈveɪ.ʃn/ - an occasion when a crowd of people expresses great enjoyment and/or approval of something with loud and long clapping (tung hô, hoan hô)

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