Pope Francis receives standing ovation after speaking about immigration

POPE Francis has received an astonishing amount of support while speaking about immigration to the United States Congress.

The 78-year-old became the first ever Roman Catholic leader to address the US Congress, with his speech, where he pleaded that immigrants should be treated with compassion, earning praise from everyone in the audience.

During the historic speech, Pope Francis encouraged Americans to not turn their backs on their neighbors. Instead, he said immigrants should be welcomed with open arms.


“In recent centuries, millions came to this land to pursue land of future and freedom. You should not be fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners,” Francis said.

“I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants.”

During the emotional speech the pop also pleaded for the end of the death penalty.