Pope Francis' Lecture to Congress

A lecture from Pope Francis.

That's what lawmakers in congress heard earlier Thursday.

From immigration to gay marriage and the death penalty, the pontiff seemed to challenge all lawmakers in Washington.

It was a very exciting day in Washington as the pope addressed a joint session of congress in the house chambers and he touched upon many topics and some of those topics were quite controversial.

With all the pageantry afforded a head of state, Pope Francis was welcomed before a joint session of congress and wasted no time talking to our elected officials about the virtues of public service, "you are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens; this is the chief aim of all politics"
That seemed to resonate with some lawmakers.

"We have a responsibility to work together and I think that's what we need to hear right here on capitol hill," said Representative Ed Markey.

Pope Francis in his subtle tone addressed the issues of our times, abortion, gay marriage, even the Syrian refugee crisis.

And on immigration, he cautioned against a fear of foreigners, "I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants."

After his 55 minute speech, the pontiff addressed the thousands waiting to see him outside, thanking them, and praising the sanctity of the family.

"I appreciated that he reminded us of the imperative of the family and the significance of strength of family," said Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Then at St. Patrick Church, the pope praised the nobility of living a life of poverty and dined with the poor, just after addressing nobility in congress.

"Hopefully his promotion of dialog no matter how big the divisions are on politics or religion is hopefully something the members of congress will take heart," said Representative Henry Cuellar.

After DC now it's on to New York City where the pontiff will be addressing the United Nations Friday.