Pope Francis talks religious liberty, climate change in first message to US



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ABSTRACTPope Francis talks religious liberty, climate change in first message to US | Fox News Search Sign in to comment! Login Fox News Home Watch Live Trending Video Watch Live Show Clips News Clips FN Radio Live Politics Politics Home Election 2016 Executive Senate House of Representatives Defense Judiciary Scandals Congress To-Do List U.S. U.S. Home Crime Terrorism Economy Immigration Disasters Military Education Environment Personal Freedoms Regions Opinion Opinion Home Todd Starnes Judith Miller Juan Williams KT McFarland Dr. Keith Ablow Karl Rove Ric Grenell Entertainment [FOX411] HOME Celebrity News Movies TV Music Style [FOX411] Video Tech Tech Home Gadgets Google Social Military Tech Smartphones Video Games Slideshows Science Science Home Archaeology Air & Space Planet Earth Wild Nature Natural Science Dinosaurs Slideshows Health Health Home Men's Health Women's Health Children's Health Alternative Medicine Diabetes Heart Health Allergies Nutrition & Fitness Travel Travel Home Slideshows In 5 Guides Lifestyle Lifestyle Home Auto Food & Drink Real Estate Recipes Wine with Me World World Home U.N. Conflicts Terrorism Disasters Global Economy Environment Religion Scandals Regions Sports Sports Home Football Basketball Hockey Baseball College Sports Tennis Nascar Golf More Sports On Air On Air Home A Healthy You & Carol Alt America's News HQ America's Newsroom Cavuto Fox Files Fox & Friends First Fox & Friends Fox & Friends Weekend Fox News Sunday Geraldo Rivera Reports Greta Hannity Happening Now Justice with Judge Jeanine L&L: The Real West #mediabuzz Outnumbered Red Eye w/ Tom Shillue Shepard Smith Reporting Special Report Specials Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo The Cost of Freedom The Five The Greg Gutfeld Show The Journal Editorial Report The Kelly File The O'Reilly Factor The Property Man The Real Story w/ Gretchen Carlson War Stories More from Fox News Fox News Fox Business Fox News Latino Fox News Go Fox News Radio Fox Nation Fox News Insider Fox News Fox Business Fox News Latino Fox News Go Fox News Radio Fox Nation Fox News Insider Menu Home FoxNews.com Politics Search Politics Home Elections 2016 Executive Senate House Defense Judiciary Scandals Fox News Poll Cities Pope Francis talks religious liberty, climate change in first message to US Published September 23, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook 0 Twitter 0 livefyre Email Print Pope Francis, speaking on the White House lawn Wednesday morning alongside President Obama and in front of thousands, delivered his first message to the United States, saying he was looking forward "to these days of encounter and dialogue." "I am deeply grateful for your welcome in the name of all Americans. 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," Francis said. In his address, the Argentinian touched on the topics of climate change and religious freedom, immediately putting two controversial topics at the forefront of his visit. "With countless other people of goodwill, [American Catholics] are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty. That freedom reminds one of America's most precious possessions ... all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it," Francis said, turning to look at Obama as he spoke. The pontiff also praised Obama for his work in combating climate change. "Mr. President, I am finding it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution, accepting the urgency. It seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to future generations. When it comes to the care of our common home we are living at a critical moment of history," Francis said to applause from the gathered crowd. More on this... What message does Pope Francis bring to America? Archbishop: Pope's Francis's trip about more than politics Inside the massive security for Pope Francis' US visit Pope Francis arrives in the US Pope Francis in America: Behind the scenes Rick Santorum's take: Pope Francis's message to America Officials said that 11,000 ticketed guests were present, not including press, staff, military or volunteers. Before leaving for the White House, Pope Francis took his time greeting schoolchildren outside the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Washington where he spent the night.  Obama formally greeted the pontiff with first lady Michelle, saying “it is my great honor and privilege to welcome you to the United States of America.” “You remind us that in the eyes of God ou.......