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and you've got beyonce. so it's going to be a big traffic jam. >> and billy joel at madison square garden. >> it has been our great privilege to bring you these historic images live from washington. now we go -- bill: pope francis making history on capitol hill. and we'll watch it together. we have a second straight day of phenomenal weather. welcome to america's newsroom. martha: i'm martha maccallum live on capitol hill where the
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pontiff is expected to arrive at any moment. he will first speak with the house speaker john boehner. they will meet in the ceremonial office. he will be the first pope to address a joint session of congress. he will enter through what is known as the horse carriage entrance. he will go to the speaker's office and he will go through the statuary hall. there are five statues of prominent catholic figures and father serra is one of the statues represented there. john boehner says he doesn't know quite what he's going to say when the pope arrives. he says he usually asks his
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visitors, how is the economy where you are from? at 9:46 the speaker will call the house to order. the supreme court will file in, members of the cabinet. at 10:01, you will hear words never spoken before, mr. speaker, the pope of the holy see. bill: when you think about what john boehner has done now. in his second term in 1994 he started a petition for then house speaker tom foley to get the pope to come speak before congress. now you have john boehner, 12 brothers and sisters from ohio.
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being a catholic this is big stuff. he says he will digest what the pope has to say just like anyone else will. >> reporter: the pope will hit on a number of topics. some will be surprising. some will be not so surprising. mike emanuel is on the hill. out among the crowds, what's the atmosphere like? >> reporter: the crowd is very festive. my team and i were walk over here at 4:00 in the morning. i haven't seen a frown or a grumpy face yet. they are waiting to hear from
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the holy father on capitol hill. if you have a religious bone in your body you recognize this is a huge day in history. martha: when he spoke with president obama at the white house, he laid out the things that seemed to be most important to him in terms of politics, global warming. the mass was much more spiritual and personal at the basilica. >> reporter: some republican lawmakers expressed concern about getting an earful about climate change and immigration. some democrats might be concerned about hearing the abortion issue and the value of traditional marriage. both sides have issues hot in
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politics that they are concerned his words could push the debate one way or the other. but speaker john boehner, a catholic, is saying they should sit back, listen, open up their hearts and go from there. martha: we'll sit back and listen to what the pope has to say and take it in that spirit. bill: the excitement building, and what a great atmosphere it is. as we await the pope's speech, man significant snore john lisante a.
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-- monsignor john lisante. he says political issues are often moral issues. when you are before this body of congress day it's a political body. how do we look at this today? >> moral issues and political issues are often the same thing. we make determination how to use our tax dollars. do we funds or defund planned parenthood. the pope has a strong right to speak on political issues. jeb bush said i'm not going to listen to the pope about science and politics because he's my
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priest for spiritual issues. pope john paul said be careful about going into iraq, you may not be able to get out. if there is some truth about global warming. what's the matter of studying and examining it and making steps to make sure it doesn't happen. can we talk about this and make good moral choices for the sake of the planet? he has a right to speak on political issues because they are also moral issues. bill: john allen probably knows more about the vatican and pope francis. this ways he wrote. it's easy to imagine public figure hospital come to washington and the white house and talk about the defense of marriage and religious freedom which was the case yesterday. easy to imagine plenty who would
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push immigration and climate change. what pills far more difficult is to imagine someone who would talk about those things with equal emphasis, and this is what pope francis is doing now. >> i think what pope francis is doing is to live out with a consistent ethic of life. life from the moment of conception until natural death is to be respected and treated as worthy of protection. we are not a one-issue church. after talking often about the gay issue or abortion, it's not difficult for the pope to take in a broad spectrum of issues. and saying all life is sacred, and all life must be protected. bill: join me tomorrow night for
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a special fox report. it's called "losing faith in america." we traveled the country looking at why fewer people attends church and. you might be surprised what we found where americans are with their own faith. tomorrow night at 10:00 eastern. back to washington now and more with martha. martha: pope francis will become the first pope to attend a joint meetings of congress. here is a look at some previous pope visits. in 1965 paul vi became the first pope to visit the united states. but he never came to washington. in 1979 john paul ii became the first ever to visit the white house. and in twaipt pop in 2008 pope t
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visited with george bush at the white house. it's been a fairly consistent history of popes visiting this country and now this first address to congress. you wonder what's going through the mind of poasm francis as he comes through the motorcade and looks at the number of people watching and waiting and cheering him on. we are about to hear from the pope just moments away. bill: when he was with the people he came alive and reflected their energy and enthusiasm. we expect more of the same today. in a moment back to washington for what will be undoubtedly a day of history in our nation's
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martha: the pope is arriving and we are watching as the motorcade is coming up independence avenue. they have rolled out the red carpet and sunshine in a big way. everybody is comfortable and waiting for the pope.
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he will go by the library of congress and then the supreme court. we start to get a look at the motorcade as it's coming through. there is a lot of security in place as you can imagine as the cheers start as a wave rising along the back of the capitol. you can feel his arrival is imminent. here he is arriving right behind us over our shoulder. let's take a quick look at the pope arrives in his signature fiat. father jonathon waving to the pope when he gets here. he's going into the horse carriage entrance. there is a bipartisan delegation that will greet the pope. most visitors don't go up the
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stairs, they go into the horse carriage entrance. he will have a few moments to admire the infearor of the capitol building. john boehner has been waiting for this moment ever since he was a catholic school boy. father john more russell i -- fn morris is joining me. >> seeing pope francis coming up in his little fiat moved me like i don't remember happening before. i think it's because he's walking the way in a visible and
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practical way. i know what he has done and what he is to the average person who might never listen to what he says to congress but knows how he's spoken to them. >> it's evident -- there is john boehner waiting for this big moment. he looks nervous. this is a pope who puts everyone at ease. i have no doubt that's what we'll see here this morning. the numbers of catholics in congress has increased dramatically since the last congressional election. it's up 20 in the house of representees. and john boehner the catholic speaker of the house. lots of people who will just be honored to have the pope here to speak to them this morning. he looks impatient.
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he's probably pausing right now because we know he was going to go by the statue of father serra. there is all kinds of statuary of prominent figures in the united states. >> it's great live tv because that's what an average person would look like waiting for the pope. martha: we talked about the immediacy with people. pope john paul ii loved the color and light, enjoy things in a more simple way. it's evident by his choice of living space and choice of car. in terms of the grandness of any
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capitol, he just got a stunning look of what the united states is like up close and personal. >> he's not been here before so i think he will learn the grandeur of the united states and the grandeur of the people. he's just being who he is. that has consequences. i think he just likes to be with people. martha: we saw a boy who wanted a hug. an said no, no, no, say a rosary for me and i'll give you a hug. of course, the boy said yes. he asks people to pray for him. they had gone to the ends of the earth to find the next poem and it is me, apparently, and i ask you all to pray for me.
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let's go back to bill in the studio with some more thoughts on this. bill: you think about the public debates and the rancor on both sides. here is a man of great humility going to our nation's capitol saying to everybody, chill out. he said the foa the pope transcl of this. the best thing we can do is listen to his message and learn from this example. a quote from the speaker of the house. he might agree this is going to be the biggest moment in his political life after 20 years in congress. martha: there has been so much
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controversy coming up to this. democrats like his message about global warming. but there is a lot to be said about religious liberty. here he is. pope francis entering the speaker's chamber. >> your holiness, welcome. i'm really glad that you are here. >> come on.
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good morning. good morning. bill: that's the ceremonial office of the house speaker. off to his left shoulder is what he has called greatest view in america, that's look out across the national mall. >> i appreciate his holiness' accepting our invitation. bill report man in the middle of maismonsignor myles.
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>> okay. nice to see all of you. bill: they are going to be back in that office at the conclusion of the popes address and then he will walk out to that view i mentioned, and this is what the pope will see on a stunning day. i could not pick up everything the speaker was saying, but i
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know what the pope said. he said quote i hope as a brother of this country to offer words of encouragement to those called to guide the nation's political future in fidelity to its founding principles. martha: he wants to focus on the founding principles of this nation and calling on congress to do that. and he hopes to be encouraging to congress. that's an interesting word. the pope is not here to dictatet impact on legislation. but he's here to speak for the catholic church and convey his beliefs about the state of the world. you just saw the image of father serra now saint who was canonized yesterday. he will talk in broad terms
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about life, about liberty, about the pursuit of happiness and all those ideas that are the founding principles of this nation. what he's saying is he's weaving the idea life and religious liberty, an sees them also in the context of taking care of the planet god has given us. he talks about our common home and treating that common home with dignity. i think that's what we heard from him so far. we expect we'll get some of those themes continuing. we know there are pressing issues in congress that have to do with the issue of life specifically. they have been dealing with the issue of a 20-week abortion ban and whether it's the responsibility of doctors
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dealing with a live baby after any procedure to maintain that life and save that life. these are extremely weighty issues that have been divisive. we don't know what we are going to hear, how outspoken he will be on that issue. but this is a moment when he may take that opportunity to do just that. your thoughts on the meeting, father? >> he looked nervous. he has all sorts of meetings with head of state. and i think he feels this is someone coming to speak to his soul rather than his mind. we know that's what most matters, the heart. martha: at the peace talked about the importance of the busy
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nature of life. falling into the routine and shaking yourself out of that to be open to spiritual experience and listening to what god has to say to you when you are going through the busy doldrums of the busy routine. he knows who he's talking to. he's coming to washington, d.c., new york city and philadelphia, three of the busiest cities in america. >> the daily routine unfortunately is you have votes, half the people vote yes, half the people vote no and you don't get anything done. >> he's going to shake them up and say let's respect each other. he may not choose some of the most confrontational issues because he wants them to learn
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to get along. martha: we'll have some talking from them moment away. bill: politics and morality often collide. 9:26 in washington, d.c. in 24 minute we'll see the pontiff he morning from the chambers of the house speaker. there are no selfies, there is no touching. the leadership in both parties specifically reached out to their members so they know the rules are. no applause will be allowed when the pontiff make his address. there is other news. the email controversy dogging hillary clinton's campaign takes a dramatic turn. the f.b.i. has found some of her
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deleted emails. fiorina has fighting word with the front runner. >> leadership isn't about how big your office is. our airplane, helicopter or ego is.
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martha: the cameras have left the scene where pope francis talk with speaker boehner. they continue to chat and set the scene for what to come. it's going to be an awesome moment when the pope walk into this joint meeting of congress. you will see the supreme court members file in. the joint members will be there.
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it's a fairly lengthy speech. it goes into quite a bit of detail. you have to wonder what the pope will think as he continues to soak up american culture on this trip. washington, d.c. being the first part of this visit, we know his next blast of american life will come in the form of a big, brash new york city and then to philadelphia where it all began to talk about families. that's one of the big focuses of what the pope wants to create. he will talk about the structure of family and the importance of family in american life. it's the reason he came to the united states is because he wants to be part of this world family conference and the rest of it flowed backward from his mission. he appears to be in great
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spirits smiling on this beautiful day. and we are about to get under way. we are expecting to hear that big announcement, mr. speaker, the pope of the holy see. bill: 28 minute from that moment. a brand-new fox poll shows carly fiorina and marco rubio gaining ground on the two frontrunners. the polls shedding light on the rise of the outsiders. republicans are not happy with the gop. they are not happy with washington. byron york is with me on this. how you doing? good morning to you. so what do you see in the poll? trump's lead has maintained.
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>> what's interesting is look at three fox news polls july, august, and today. trump's position has stayed remarkably stable. what has changed is who is gang on him. ben carson goes from 7% to 12% to 18%. carly fiorina to 9%. marco rubio doubles his support. bill: i find this fascinating. we wanted to know whether trump is too blunt and too mean. 49% say he is, but 44% say we need that. it's not quite 50-50, but it's not too far off. >> it's enough for him to find
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25-35% in the race. he doesn't have to get a majority of the votes. the other news is who is falling away from him. the support the others are gang had to come from somewhere. the losers are jeb bush who has gone from 15 to 7%. he's in the middle of the pack. the biggest loser of all is scott walker who was in third place in the beginning of august and now is out of the race all together. bill: coming back to jeb bush, why do you think that movement is taking place? >> he has not caught fire on the campaign trail. and he has a number of encounters with donald trump in which truck appeared to get the -- in which trump appeared to get the better of him. they don't know how to encounter him. they believe he will ultimately
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fade, but they don't know how to make that happen. i think bush is in a second place role to donald trump for the last two months. bill: if donald trump were not in this race this ways you find. ben carson at 24%. marco rubio at 12% and carly fiorina at 11%. he said this is a long haul and you better be ready for it. does that tell you anything if he were to second guess this campaign? >> outsider impulse is still there. you have got the fiorina and carson, two different candidates, but neither held office before, and still attracting voters. you have the rubio who has the ability toll appeal to both
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sides in the party, the party that values some insider experience as well. you could see if trump were out of the race, you still would have an insider-outsider confrontation, though it would be more focused than it is with this giant field. bill: thank you, byron. enjoy the final hours with pope francis in your city. martha: the pope is in the house behind us and the excitement is building on capitol hill. he will do a joint meetings of congress speech and that will get underway in just a while. we'll get our first look at the house floor. free dvd and booklet with no obligation. it answers questions like... how a reverse mortgage works, how much you qualify for, the ways to receive your money... and more. plus, when you call now, you'll get this magnifier with
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martha: a little after 10:00.
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we expect they will make that up before the pope will enter the house chamber to give this historic speech. yesterday he added a surprise item to his visit. he stopped by to visit the sisters of the poor who have been involved in a major lawsuit that is asking for them to be exempt for providing contraception in their healthcare. an interesting moment for the pope yesterday. actions speak louder than words. and that was an action that smoke quite loudly. we wait for him to walk into the chamber. bill: one senator calling for an investigation, independent investigation after the report from the f.b.i. that recovered
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some of clinton's deleted emails from her private server used as secretary of state. rich lowry and doug schoen. doug, the f.b.i. is involved. work related or personal? does it matter? >> i think what matters is the f.b.i. finishing their investigation to see what has been recovered, what it shows. then and only then can we credibly get to the possibility of third-party review. bill: if they have work-related email messages she said they don't exist. >> she is in a position you don't want to be in. she is a hostage to fortune. i have always thought it strained credulity to think as
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secretary of state, incredibly busy, flying around the globe that half of her emails were private and about chelsea's wedding and yoga routines. bill: she said it was fully above board. people in government knife was using a personal email. >> it was allowed. she said it was a bad judgment. it's a fair question rich raises. 30,000 personal emails? time will tell. bill: is your judgment of her changing now? >> given some of the polling showing her steadily coming down behind in iowa and new hampshire and joe biden within 8 points of her, yes, it is change.
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>> it clearly was a catastrophic misjudgment to try to go around the rules to hide her emails from foia requests from investigators. the independent authority here is the f.b.i. >> that's the whole ballgame. if hillary is shown to knowingly, which i don't think will happen, to have used her server to extend classified information that she was aware of is a different situation. to me there is no intent. i think what she did was legal but completely ill advised. bill: rich, you apparently had some words for mr. trump. >> the description was accurate. the language was salty. i was just talking about his persona, that's all that's going on here. bill: do you take it words back
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and have the same feeling. >> it's exactly what happened in that debate. >> he's still ahead since the debate by double digits over carly fiorina. >> he's holding steady, but we'll see. bill: let's get back to washington and pope francis with martha. martha: they are waiting for the senators to get to the other side of the building. we are live on capitol hill. pope francis waiting to make his remarks. we after he wait that historic moment just minutes away. we'll be right back from washington.
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martha: what you are hearing now is vice president joe biden. they are naming the names of those who will be part of escort to bring the pope in. you can see the senators as they are coming through the door. tom cotton part of this group as well. it's a lot of excitement as we wait for the pope to enter. the supreme court will be among the next group. the cabinet will file in as well. steve hayes is watching all of this with us. your thoughts on what we might hear from the pope this morning and the influence he may or may not be able to have on this body. >> one of the these of the pope's tenure has been humility. and i think that's been his approach to the obama administration. he emphasized the points of
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agreement of such as climate change and poverty and hasn't focused much on points of disagreement. you note earlier his visit with the sisters of the poor, that was a subtle, rather humble way of tweak the obama administration letting them know what he wants them to know about religious liberty. but he hasn't focused much on same-sex marriage or abortion or the persecution of christians in the middle east and throughout the world. it will be good to see if his remarks include contentious issues that might provide a contrast. martha: there is senator ted cruz. a number of people running for path have filed into this room. when you look back at some of what he said yesterday, he did talk about religious liberty a fair amount.
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that may have been one of the strongest moments he had when he talked about that being one of the most fundamental rights embodied in our constitution and it's something that needs to be upheld. if there is a charge that could come from the pope. there are two significant pieces of legislation that deal with the issue of life that congress is dealing with, and they have been criticized for the way they handled it. the 20-week abortion ban and whether a fetus that's still alive after a procedure. that there is an obligation to keep that baby alive. these are serious issues we are grappling with and you wonder whether he will address them with this group. >> and you have the controversy over the planned parenthood videos. most objective observers would say shine the light on in a way that even non-pro-lifers would
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find horrific. you would think the pope might seek to emphasize that and minister to the american people, to the catholic church about those issues and highlight them in a way he has chosen thus far not to. martha: president obama when he spoke yesterday outside the white house, one of the first issues he talked about was the persecution of christians in the middle east. obviously this is one of the other most urgent large topics the world faces today. based upon what he has said. do you expect he will address that as we look at bernie sanders who waits to hear the pope's words as well? >> it's being discussed not just on sundays, but in churches on sunday and throughout the week. particularly those fleeing syria and iraq. but elsewhere as well.
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and i don't think we heard enough from the president about that certainly over the past several years, not -- it's not enough to just save something when you are in the presence of the pope. but i was struck by the lack of attention paid by the pope. it seems that's an easy issue of for the pope to focus on the highlights, emphasize a call to action, and we didn't hear much from him. we also didn't hear anything about the broader war being fought. he had a brief allusion to it but he didn't talk about the global jihadist movement and didn't offer what christians might do about that war. he just mentioned there was a battle between dark and light
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and hoped light prevailed. martha: the fall of come anything for pope john paul saw that as the great challenge for his faith. many would say that challenge exists in an enormous way in this world and they would expect the pope would address that. >> i would think so. if he leaves here without having spent much time focusing on that, there will be a hole in his agenda when people look back and we did here. speaking about communism and capitalism and there is a stark difference between pope francis and pope john paul ii on their views about market economies. pope john paul ii if not a full embrace of marketing economics, at least understood the perils of status governments and the perils of socialism and the evils of communism.
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pope francis raised questions about capitalism and continues to make those arguments today. martha: thank you very much. as we watch all the senators and congressmen gathering. cabinet members. we wait for the supreme court to enter this room. it's a stunning look at diversity of this nation. the moment they will have today to listen to the pope, the leader of the holy see as he made his way to the united states to speak to them. historic moments coming up. bill: if they are ever on their best behavior, now is the time. you see self members of congress there. you have got joe biden, a roman catholic, and john boehner a roman catholic standing behind pope francis as he enters the
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room 4 1/2 minute from now. back to washington on this special edition of america's newsroom. . (0209fox555a.ecl)
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martha: well, they are all
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assembled. we have watched the final members of the cab net just file into the house chamber. there is a close-up of the in god we trust inscribed over the united states flag of our country. joe biden and john boehner, both catholics, await the arrival of the pope in a historic address to congress. this is one that will go down this the history books. you wonder if it will set a precedent for all popes from now on, to be part of this addressing to the chamber to speak to the american people by speaking to their representatives which we will hear from in just a moment. there's john kerry, of course, as everyone has gathered into the room. a lot of power inside those walls and a very humble pope who has made it an effort on his part to eshoo all of those symbols as he has taken on the tapestry. he drives in a little fiat, he lives in a small apartment near the vatican, he doesn't live in
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the palace, he doesn't wear red slippers, and now he's about toe pomp and circumstance of our traditions, i guess whether he likes it or not, but he has been a very gracious guest to this country, and he is about to begin his speech just a few moments away. we've been through the tick tock here that we expected to take place before the pope would arrive. and we can also tell you the house sergeant at arms, paul irving, is the one who will come into the hall of the house, and he will be the one to introduce the pope of the holy see, speaking words that have never been spoken before at the sergeant at arms. that's not one he has ever done before. there's bob mcdonald who is the head of the v.a., and we see the assemblage of supreme court justices as well, chief justice john roberts who you can see there as well with ginsburg, sotomayor and others as they gather to hear what the pope has to say.
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there's a lot of questions about life, about religious liberty that this supreme court may need to deal with in this years to come. it is an astonishing amount that is on their plate, and they will be listening to every word he has to say about those issues as well. bill? bill: martha, good morning. a great sight to watch. reading reports about how the leadership in both parties told their members to conduct themselves today, i think, is fascinating. normally when the president comes this and makings his state of the union address, you have three deep on either side of the aisle. we're told, as you see now, the pope come in the screen, we are told that democrats and republicans are told hands off. there will be none of that when the pope, his holiness, enters that center aisle a moment from now. and we're also told that applause are off limits during the speech. and as you know, martha, english is not his first language, it's
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not his second language, it may not even be his third or fourth. but he's been practicing, and sometimes it's a little bit difficult to hear every word. but part of the reason why the applause will be held not just political, but also to hear his words which can be so tender as we get underway. >> mr. speaker, the pope of the holy see! [cheers and applause] [applause]
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>> members of congress, i have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you pope francis of the holy see. [cheers and applause] [background sounds] >> mr. president, mr. speaker, honorable members of the congress, dear friends, i am
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most grateful for your invitationing -- invitation to address this joint session of congress in the land of the free and the home of the brave. [applause] >> i would like to think that the reason for this is that i, too, am a son of this great continent from which we have all received so much and toward
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which we shall assume responsibility. [inaudible] forgiving country has a mission of personal and social responsibility. we are one -- your one responsibility as members of congress is to enable this country by your legislative activity to grow as nation. you are the face of its people. you are representatives. you are called to defend and preserve the dig thinkty -- dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good.
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for this is the chief aim of all politics. a political society endures when it seeks -- to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its members, especially those in situations of great vulnerability or risk. legislative activity is always based in the care of supportive people. to this, you have been invited, called and convicted by those who have elected.
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this is a walk that makes me reflect in two ways in the figure of moses. [inaudible] the people of israel symbolizes the need of people who keep alive their sense of unity by means of just legislation. on the other, the figure moses leads us directly to god and, thus the dignity of the human being. [applause] moses provides us with a good
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synthesis -- that asks to protect by the law the image and likeness fashioned by god on every human life. today i would like not only to address you, but through you the entire people of the united states. here with the representatives, i would like to take this opportunity to dialogue with the many thousands of men and women who strive each day to do an
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honest day's work, to bring home the daily bread, to save money and -- time to build a better life for their families. these men and women who are not saddled simply with paying their taxes, but in their own quiet way sustain the life of society. they -- [applause] they generate solidarity be by their actions and they create organizations who offer a helping hand to those host in
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need -- most in need. i would also like to end our dialogue with the many elderly persons, a storehouse of wisdom forged by experience and who seek in many ways especially through -- to share their stories ask their insight. i though that many of them are retired, but still active. they keep walking to build up these lines. i also want to dialogue with all those young people who are walking to realize their great and noble aspirations, who are
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not led astray by facile proposals and who face difficult situations -- immaturity on the part of many others. i wish to dialogue with all of you, and i would like to do so through the historical memory of your people. my visit takes place at a time when men and women of goodwill are marking their universalities of several great americans.
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the complexities of history and the reality of human weakness notwithstanding, these hen -- these men and women, for all their many differences and limitations, were able by hard work ask self-sacrifice, some at the cost of their lives, to build a better future. they shared fundamental values which endure forever in in the spirit of the american people. a people with this spirit can live through many crisis, danger and conflicts by always finding the resources to move forward
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and to do so with dignity. these men and women offer us a way of seeing -- reality. their memory inspire even amid conflicts and in the here and now of each day to draw upon our deepest -- [inaudible] i would like to mention four of these americans; abraham lincoln, martin luther king,
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doris day and thomas concern. [inaudible] [applause] this year marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of president abraham lincoln, the guardian of liberty who labored tirelessly that this nation under god high a new birth -- might have a new birth of freedom, building a future of freedom requires love of the common good and cooperation in a spirit of -- and solidarity.
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all of us are are quite aware of and deeply worried by the disturbing social and political situation of the world today. our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred and brutal atrocityies committed even in the name of god and of religion. we know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremists. this means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism whether
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religious or of any other kind. a delicate balance is required to come -- combat violence perpetrated in the name of our religion and ideology or economic system while also safeguarding religious freedom, intellectual freedom and individual freedom. [applause] but there is -- we must especially guard against. the simplistic reaction which sees only good or evil, or if
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you will, the righteous and sinners, the contemporary wars with open wounds which affect ss demands that we confront every form of polarization which would divide us on these two counts. we know that in the attempt to defeat enemy without, we can't defeat the enemy within. the imitate the -- and violence
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of -- [inaudible] is the best way to take their place. that is something we reject. [applause] our response is to be one of hope and healing, of peace and justice. we ask the courage and intelligence to resolve today's many political and economic crises even in the developed world, the effect of unjust structures and -- are all --
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[inaudible] our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments and, thus, promoting the well being of individuals among tost -- hongst peoples. we hues forward as -- we hues move forward as one in a renewed spirit of solidarity, corporating generosity for the common world. [applause] the challenges facing us today call for our renewal of that spirit of cooperation which has
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accomplished so many good throughout the history of the united states, the complexity, the gravity and the urgency of these challenges demand that we pool our resource and talents and resolve to support one another with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience. [applause] in this land the various religious -- have greatly contributed to building and
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strengthening society. it is important that today, as in the past, the voice of faith continue to be heard, for it is the voice of fraternity and love which tries to bring out the best in each person and in each society. such cooperation is a powerful resource in the battle to eliminate new global forms of slavery born of great injustices which can be overcome only through new policies and new forms of social consensus.
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politics is, instead, an expression of our compelling these to live -- need to live as one in order to wild as one the greatest common good; that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share injustice and peace, its goods, its interests, its social life. i don'ti do not underestimate te difficulty that this involves, but i encourage you in this effort. [applause]
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here i think of the march which martin luther king led from zell that to montgomery -- from selma to montgomery 50 years ago as part of the campaign to fulfill his dream of full civil and political rights for african-americans. [applause] that dream continues and inspires all, and i am happy that america continues to be for
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many a land of dreams. [applause] dreams which lead to action, to participation, to commitment, dreams which awaken what is deepest and truest in the life of the public. in recent centuries millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom.
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we, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners because most of -- [applause] because most of us were once foreigners. [applause] i say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descendants of immigrants. [applause] tragically, the rights of those
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who were here long before us were not always respected for those peoples and the nations from the heart of democracy, i wish to reaffirm my highest esteem and appreciation. those first contacts were often turbulent and violent, but we though that it's very difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present. [applause] nonetheless, when the stranger this our midst appears to us, we
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must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past. [applause] we must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our neighbors and everything around us. building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mindset of hostility in order to adopt one of
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reciprocal solidarity in a constant effort to do our best. i'm confident that we can do this. our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the second world war. this present us with great challenges and many hard decisions. on this continent too, thousands of persons are left to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and their loved ones, in search of greater opportunity. it is not what we want for our
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own children -- [applause] we must not with taken aback by the numbers but, rather, view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening -- [applause] to their stories. trying to respond as best we can to their situation, to respond in a way which is always human, just and fraternal. we need to avoid a common -- [inaudible] to discuss whatever -- let us
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remember the golden rule: do unto others as you -- [applause] do unto others as you will have them do unto you. this rule points us in a clear direction. let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. let us set for others the same possibilities which we seek for
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ourselves. let us help others to grow as we would like to -- ourselves. in our world if we want security, let us give security. if we want life, let us give life. if we want opportunity, let us provide these opportunities. the yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time use for us. [applause]
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the golden rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development. [applause] this conviction has led me from the beginning of my ministry to advocate at different levels the global abolition of the death penalty. [applause]
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i am convinced that this way is the best since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with unalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the realization of those convicted of crime. recently my brother bishops here in the united states renewed the call for the abolition of death penalty. [applause] not only, not only do i support them, but i also offer encouragement to all those who
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are convinced that a just and -- punishment must never -- the goal of hope and ea add ap -- readaptation. [applause] in these times when social concerns are so important, i cannot say -- dorothy day who followed the catholic worker movement, her social activism, her passion for justice and for the -- were inspired by the
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gospel, her faith and the example of the saints. how much progress has been made in this area in so many parts of the world. how much has been done in these first years of the millenium to raise people out of extreme povert i know that you share my conviction that much more still these to be -- needs to be done and in times of economic hardship a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost. at the same time, i would
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encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. they, too, these to be given hope -- need to be given hope. the fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its cause. i know that many americans today as in the past are working to deal with this problem. it dose without saying -- it goes without saying that part of this great effort is the creation and distribution of wealth.
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the right use of natural resources, the proper application of technology and the harnessing of the spirit of enterprise are essential elements of an economy which seeks to be modern, inclusive and sustainable. [applause] business is a noble vocation directed toward producing wealth and improving the world. it can be fruitful source of prosperity from the area in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as
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an essential part of its service to the common good. [applause] this common good also includes the earth. a central theme of the encyclical which which i recently wrote in order to enter into that dialogue with world people about our common core. we need a conversation which includes everyone since the environmental challenge we are undergoing and its human roots concern and affect us all.
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[applause] i all for a courageous and responsible effort to redirect our steps and the most -- of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity. i'm convinced that we can make a difference. i'm sure. [applause]
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and i have no doubt that the united states and this congress have an important role to play. now is the time for courageous action and strategies at implementing a culture of care and an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded and, at the same time, protecting nature. [applause] we have the freedom needed to limit and -- technology, to
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devise intelligent ways of developing and limiting our power and to put technology at the service of another type of progress, one which is here, more human, more social, more integral. in this regard, i am confident that america's outstanding academic and research institutions can make a vital contribution in the years ahead. [applause] a century ago at the beginning of the great war which pope
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benedict xv termed -- slaughter, another notable american was born. he remains a source of spiritual inspiration and guides for people -- and guide for many people. in his biography he wrote: i came into the world free by nature in the image of god. i was nevertheless the prisoner of my own violence -- in the image of the world in which i was born.
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that world was the picture of hell, full of men like myself; loving god and yet hating him. born to love him, living instead in fear of hopeless self- contradictory -- [inaudible] madden was born a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the -- of this time and opened new horizons for souls for the church. he was also a man of dialogue, a
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promoter of peace between peoples and religions. from this perspective, i would like to recognize the efforts made in recent months to help -- historic differences linked to painful episodes of the past. it is my duty to build bridges and to help all men and women in any way possible to do the same. when countries which have been at odds resume the path of dialogue, a dialogue which may have been interpreted for the
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most legitimate of reasons, new opportunities open up for all. [applause] this requires courage and daring which is not the same as irresponsibility. a good political leader is one who, with the interest of all in mind, seizes the moment in a spirit of openness and pragmatism. a good political leader always opts to think aboutuate processes -- to initiate processes rather than possessing
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space. [applause] being at the service of dialogue and peace also means being truly determined to minimize this the long term to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world. [applause] here we have to ask ourselves why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?
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sadly, the answer -- as we all know -- is simply for money, money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood this the face of -- in the face of the shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the armed strides. [applause] three sons and one daughter of this land, four individuals and
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four dreams. lincoln, liberty; or martin luther king, liberty and plurality and nonexclusion; dorothy day, social justice and the rights of persons and thomas martin, the capacity for dialogue and openness to god. four representatives of american people. i will end my visit to your country in philadelphia where i will take part in the world meeting of families. it is my wish that throughout
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the visit the family should be a recurrent theme. how essential the family has been to the building of this country. [applause] and how worthy it remains for our support and encouragement. yet i cannot hide my concern for the family which is threatened perhaps as never before from within and without.
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fundamental relations are being called into question as is the very basis of marriage and the family. i can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life are. [applause] in particular, i would like to call attention to those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young. for many of them, a future filled with countless possibilities beckons. yet so many others seem
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disoriented and aimless, trapped this a hopeless maze -- in a hopeless maze of violence, abuse and despair. their problems are our problems. [applause] we cannot avoid them. we need to face them together, to talk about them and to seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in the discussion. at the risk of oversimplifying, we might say that we live in a culture with precious young
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people not able to start a family because they lack possibilities for the future. yet the same culture present others with so many options that they too are dissuaded from starting a family. [applause] a nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as lincoln did. when it fosters a culture which enables people to dream of free rights for all brothers and sisters as martin luther king sought to do. when it strides for justice and
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the cause of the oppressed as dorothy day did by her work, the fruit of her faith which becomes dialogue and -- in the con them playtive -- contemplative style of thomas madison. in this has i have sought to present some of the richness of your cultural heritage, of the spirit of the american people. it is my desire that this spirit continue to develop and grow so that as many young people as possible can inherit and dwell in a land which has inspired so
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many people to dream. god bless america. [applause] [applause] martha: all right. there you have it.
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the words of pope francis in this joint meeting of congress. despite the fact that members of congress were told that they should sit and not applaud during the course of this entire address, they couldn't help themselves, they started applauding almost right out of the gates and at moments even did what we sometimes see in state of the union addresses where you've got, you know, one side standing up and applauding and another side standing up and applauding at different times. some of the highlights, clearly he wanted to spend time on immigration. he said we are all foreigners, we are all the ancestors of foreigners and that we must not give in to the mindset of hostility when it comes to welcoming strangers into our midst. he also made some very strong comments about the refugees that we're dealing with in the world today and the way that we need to approach them. he talked about the violence that exists in the world today and, of course, that is a reference of isis. there will be further discussion about whether or not he was strong enough on the issue of
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what's happening to christians this the middle east in this speech today. he also talked about the fundamental importance of the family, the structure of the family and what threatens that fundamental structure right now in terms of what we base in that. he said it remains worthy of our support and encouragement. i cannot hide my concern for the family, said the pope, which is threatened perhaps as never before from within and without, fundamental relationships being called into question as is the very basis of marriage and family. and he talked about the importance of life at every stage of life. and he really talked also about the death penalty here, which is an interesting topic to bring into this. so, essentially, saying -- and i want to bring father jonathan in here -- that we spend so much time discussing the importance of life, but he also wants that to be reverence that goes to the end of life. he called on these, this body to abolish the death penalty, tower jonathan. >> he did. he touched on all of those
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issues. he did it in a very kind, i think, respectful way. you know, martha, his opening land he said the land of the free, the home of the brave. martha: at which moment john boehner started crying, we should point out. [laughter] >> as a lot of people did, i'm sure. and i think he was extremely respectful and honored the american spirit and invited all of us to be at our very best. i think everybody will walk away from that hall saying i've got some things to work on. martha: he talked about the responsibility of congress and basically called on them to get their act together. you're the face of the people of this nation, and they look to you to find consensus, so it'll be interesting to see what their reaction to that is. you know, he really -- in almost every moment you sort of felt like you knew where he was going. he was sympathetic to sort of one side of these arguments, but then he would say on the other hand i understand why it's difficult to do these things. it should also be pointed out since we talked so much about capitalism leading up to this address that he threw a bone to the middle class, to those who
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work every day to put food on their tables and that those people in turn create organizations that turn around and be charitable to others which was a very interesting moment in this speech as well. you can see we're waiting for him to come down the halls here, and people are starting to run over to the steps that he will come out of in just a moment. while we're watching these images, let's toss it back to bill and get more from the reaction to this speech from new york. bill: you know, martha, five things i wrote down; immigration, the poor, the environment, respect for life and respect for family. and those were the five themes that he sort of we'ved that thread -- weaved that thread through. he also mentioned abraham lincoln, hearthen luther king -- martin luther king, dorothy day, thomas herden. in a moment you're going to see him pause in front of the statue of st. sarah, the canonization mass of yesterday, and then we will watch and see as 50,000
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americans have gathered on the national mall on the west side of the capitol building as the pope gets ready to say hello to them. so that concludes our coverage. martha, terrific work there in washington. i'm bill hemmer in new york, want to give it over to our colleagues on "happening now." have a great day, everybody, our coverage of the pope. jon: and this fox news alert. pope francis is on the move now leaving the capitol, as you just saw. he wrapped up his historic address to a joint meeting of congress as he gets ready to head for st. patrick's church. i'm jon scott. jenna: hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee, and we're going to go back to that live picture that we had of the pope making his big speech today. the pope's final day in our nation's capital before he visits new york city. and the leader of the catholic church just finished delivering this message to the members of the congress -- really to the country -- in a packed house filled with supreme court justices, cabinet members and


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