Pope concludes triumphal US tour galvanizing church

Pope Francis waves to people from the popemobile during a parade on September 27, 2015 in PhiladelphiaPope Francis celebrated an open-air mass at the culmination Sunday of an historic tour of the United States that electrified Americans with a message to respect immigrants, protect the environment and help those in need. For the duration of his nine-day tour, everywhere he went in Cuba, Washington, New York and Philadelphia, enormous crowds lined the streets, cheering his name in a nod to his global stature and moral authority. Met personally by President Barack Obama on the tarmac in Washington, he became the first pope to address US Congress, calling on elected leaders to take responsibility for crafting a fairer economic system, confronting global warming, restricting the arms trade and abolishing the death penalty.

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