Pope speaks as immigrant in land of immigrants

24 September 2015 | by Christopher Lamb , James Roberts
In his address on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday, on the morning after his arrival in Washington from Cuba, Pope Francis chose to emphasise his own immigrant roots, and those of the nation he was visiting. “I am deeply grateful for your welcome in the name of all Americans,” he told President Barack Obama at the welcoming ceremony. “As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families.” At the same time, he reminded Mr Obama of the central importance to America of the family – the Eighth World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia that he was to join today was the primary reason for his US visit. That meeting would celebrate “the institutions of marriage and the family at thi

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