WASHINGTON (WWLP) – Washington, D.C. is buzzing again Thursday, as thousands of people make their way through checkpoints, hoping to get a glimpse of Pope Francis during his historic address to Congress.
Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress in English for the better part of an hour Thursday morning, touching on themes including climate change, immigration, abortion, and the death penalty. He then greeted the crowd of thousands on the National Mall, speaking in his native Spanish, he asked the people to pray for him, or keep him in your thoughts if you are a non-believer.
In English, he said “God bless America,” before leaving the crowd to continue on with his busy schedule.
In the early afternoon, he is scheduled for another meaningful stop in Washington: at St Patrick’s Church, the oldest in the city. He will meet with the Catholic Charities organization of the archdiocese here, and have lunch with a group including some of the city’s homeless.
By 4:00 Thursday afternoon, the pope’s time in the nation’s capital is over. He will fly from Andrews Air Force Base to JFK in New York City, and then will have evening prayers at St Patrick’s Cathedral.
22News reporter Juli McDonald is traveling with Pope Francis, and will have live reports throughout the day on the air, and will have updates here on WWLP.com.