Pope Francis prepares to address a fractious U.S. Congress, after urging U.S. leaders to do more on climate change, poverty and immigration. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Fresh off his meeting with President Barack Obama, Pope Francis delivers a speech on Thursday (September 24) to a U.S. Congress led by Republicans who have opposed Obama on issues of importance to the pontiff including climate change and immigration. Francis, who arrived Tuesday (September 23) in Washington on a U.S. trip that also will take him to New York and Philadelphia, is set to become the first pope to address a joint meeting of the Senate and House of Representatives at 9:20 a.m. EDT (1320 GMT). The pope is expected to address climate change as well as the need to help migrants fleeing wars, international efforts to resolve conflicts, the U.S. role in helping poorer nations, religious freedom and the "right to life" issues of abortion and euthanasia. The pope met privately with Obama at the White House on Tuesday, called the Democratic president's efforts against air pollution "encouraging," and said climate change is a problem the world can no longer leave to future generations to address.