In the first-ever papal address, Pope Francis speaks about immigration, climate change, and family in a joint meeting of Congress Thursday morning in Washington D.C.

Pope Francis speaks at a joint meeting of Congress in the first-ever papal address.

Pope Francis calls on Americans Thursday morning to embrace immigrants saying in his 45-minute speech:

"We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation.”

This plea comes during a debate between politicians about illegal immigrants.

Despite criticism on the Pope’s opinions such as climate change, the Washington Post reports both parties found his speech to have balance, speaking about decline of family and the abolition of the death penalty.

Republican Candidates Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Ben Carson and Chris Christie attended the speech as well as Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

Senator Ted Cruz also showed his support, tweeting:

"Pontifex has been a steadfast voice for the virtue of life, marriage, and religious liberty.”

Pope Francis has landed in New York City, marking his second stop in his six-day U.S. trip.

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