Pope Francis calls for tolerance, inclusive society during U.S. visit

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WASHINGTON – During his first full day of his American tour, Pope Francis spoke about the climate, discrimination and tolerance.

Pope Francis says that people around the world should reject discrimination, adding that Catholics in America should be committed to building a society “which is truly tolerant and inclusive.”

He says that “every form of unjust discrimination” must be rejected and that America must respect religious liberty.

“That freedom remains one of America’s most precious possessions,” he said.

Francis, called himself the son of an immigrant family, and he said that he was proud to visit a country built largely by immigrants.

“As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families. I look forward to these days of encounter and dialogue, in which I hope to listen to, and share, many of the hopes and dreams of the American people.”

Pope Francis, the first pope from Latin America, also addressed climate change, saying it is a problem “which can no longer be left to a future generation.”

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