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During a historic address to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis, the son of immigrants, issued a clarion call for America’s elected officials to embrace newcomers to this country as their own children and cast aside political differences, according to a transcript of the speech at The Washington Post.

Noting America’s challenges with immigration reform, he urged lawmakers to view newcomers “as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation.” He also tackled issues of racial and social injustice and abolishment of the death penalty.

Here are four times Pope Francis discussed issues that matter to people of color during his address:

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