Pope Francis paid a visit to the White House today and, during his first ever address to the United States, he urged Americans to start acting on climate change with the sense of urgency that it deserves. “It seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation,” he said in a no-holds-barred speech. Later this week, Francis will take his message to Congress in a message that many expect will implore lawmakers to make meaningful steps to protect our “common home.”

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Thousands of people gathered to welcome the leader of the Catholic church in his first visit to the US and the entire city of Washington D.C. seemed to have shut down to accommodate the entourage. Francis hasn’t been afraid to talk about climate change in the past, despite a strong criticism from many in the Republican party. Earlier this year the pontiff called for global government action to stop global warming.

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In his speech, Francis remarked that, “we know by faith that the Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home.” Francis will also visit Philadelphia and New York City during his three-city tour.

via Mother Jones

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