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Pope wows Washington but takes on controversy

Pope Francis waded into another bitter US political debate when he urged the church to embrace new immigrantsPope Francis received a rapturous welcome to Washington on Wednesday but did not shy away from controversy, addressing church sex abuse and urging action on immigration and climate change. President Barack Obama was clearly delighted to welcome to the White House a pontiff who can lend moral and spiritual force to his own priorities, but others may be left uncomfortable by the pope’s stances. Meeting Catholic bishops in Washington, he praised their handling of the child sex abuse scandal that rocked the US church.

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