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Pope shows finesse in wooing Washington

Pope Francis greets well-wishers as he leaves the Apostolic Nunciature to the United States on September 24, 2015 in Washington, DCPope Francis deployed a deft political touch in his Washington charm offensive, pushing his agenda on finance, climate change and immigration without offending American sensitivities. The cheering crowds who lined the streets of the US capital gave him a warm welcome, but even before Shepherd One had touched down in the city many conservative voices had spoken out against the pontiff. The first pope from Latin America, Francis was charged with being a “leftist” bent on dismantling capitalism, throwing open America’s borders and bridling her industry with environmental controls.

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