Pope Francis in the White House: "As son of immigrants, I'm happy to be a guest in this country."
In a scene that combines politics, religion and emotion, Pope Francis visit this morning for the first time the White House, where he gave his first speech in the US, and then maintained a private meeting with US President Barack Obama, in the Oval.
"As the son of an immigrant family I'm happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built for those families", the Pope's speech began after the warm words of welcome by Obama.
Francis called himself "brother" of the US and said that in his speech before Congress on Thursday he will encourage its leaders to guide the country "faithful to its founding principles."
In another fragment of the brief speech in English, Pope Francis urged to change a "system" that excludes millions of people and urged to solve the problem of climate change while they praised the efforts of the Democratic president in this regard.