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Pope calls on U.S. to fight climate change

Pope Francis with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Wednesday.

Pope Francis with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Oval Office on Wednesday.  

Pope Francis on Wednesday urged the United States to help tackle climate change and called on Americans to build a truly tolerant and inclusive society, as he struck a political tone on his first visit to the world's richest nation.

In a speech on the White House South Lawn, the Argentine pontiff lauded President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce air pollution, months after Francis made the environment one of his top issues by issuing a landmark “encyclical” letter.

“It seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment of history,” the Pope said at a welcoming ceremony.

Apart from the environment, Francis touched on several issues on the U.S. political agenda in the run up to the November 2016 presidential election, such as immigration, inequality and religious freedom.

In an era of renewed racial tensions in the country, he invoked America’s best known civil rights leader, the late Rev. Martin Luther King, to make points about the environment and equality.

As Washington streets were closed and federal workers stayed home, about 15,000 people gathered in bright sunshine on the South Lawn.

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