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Pope Francis addresses religion, Islamic extremists, immigration in historic speech

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Standing before a rapt Congress, Pope Francis issued a ringing call to action on behalf of immigrants Thursday, urging lawmakers to embrace “the stranger in our midst” as he became the first pontiff in history to address a joint meeting of the legislators. Referencing the migration crisis in Europe as well as the United States’ own struggle with immigration from Latin America, Francis summoned lawmakers “to respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal.” “We must not…

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