Pope Francis Speech to Congress Transcript

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On a historic Thursday on the Hill, Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress, calling on the legislative body to act on immigration, climate and the economy .  

Below is the CQ Roll Call transcript of the speech in its entirety. FRANCIS:  

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Pope Francis and Obama share a moment Wednesday at the White House (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Pomp, circumstance, a pope and politics will collide Thursday morning.  

When Pope Francis speaks to the Congress in the House chamber, the faces of the two Catholics seated immediately behind him will tell the tale of his appeal.

Pope Francis and President Obama Speech Transcripts

Pope Francis stands with President Barack Obama during a state arrival ceremony Wednesday on the South Lawn of the White House. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Here's the rush CQ Newsmakers transcript of the speeches by President Barack Obama and Pope Francis on the South Lawn of the White House this morning : OBAMA: Good morning.  


Pope and President Talk Climate, Immigration on South Lawn

First lady Michelle Obama, Pope Francis, and President Barack Obama waves from the balcony overlooking the South Lawn of the White House. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The history making arrival ceremony for Pope Francis at the White House lived up to its billing, with the pontiff challenging America to live up to its founding ideals and President Barack Obama touting many areas of agreement — from protecting the planet and welcoming immigrants to opening up Cuba .  

On a perfect, sunny, breezy day, Pope Francis arrived in his little black Fiat , greeted by the president and first lady Michelle Obama, flanked by an honor guard, the Cabinet, numerous members of Congress from both parties — and cheers from the 11,000 gathered on the South Lawn. After a brief walk on the red carpet to the podium, and the national anthems of the Holy See and the United States, the speeches began, with no shortage of political issues mentioned.  

Obama Greets Pope to Cheers

The pope, the president and the first lady walk on the tarmac Tuesday at Joint Base Andrews. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The red carpet arrival of Pope Francis came off without a hitch Tuesday at Joint Base Andrews, with President Barack Obama and his family meeting the pope and escorting him from his plane to cheers.  

An excited crowd chanted "Yes we pope," "Ho ho, hey hey, welcome to the USA!" and other cheers before the pontiff descended from the plane. He was also greeted by children selected by the Vatican from the Washington, D.C., area with flowers and a military guard before heading to the visitor's lounge on the base. After a brief stay at the visitor's center, Obama then escorted the pope to his waiting motorcade, starting what will be a whirlwind of activities highlighted by his visit tomorrow at the White House with the president and Thursday's first-ever address by a pope to a joint session of Congress.