"Let us remember the Golden Rule, do unto others as you ..."
3. Wide, standing ovation
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Pope Francis:
"... do unto others as you will have them to unto you. The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development."
5. Various, standing ovation
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Pope Francis:
"This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes."
7. Wide, Francis speaking
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Pope Francis:
"Being at the service of dialogue and peace also means being truly determined to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world. Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade."
9. Wide, applause, some members of Congress standing
Speaking to Congress, Pope Francis is calling for an end to the death penalty in the U.S. and across the world.
Francis says that every life is sacred and society can only benefit from rehabilitating those convicted of crimes.
The pope noted that U.S. bishops have renewed their call to abolish capital punishment.
That idea is unpopular, however, with many American politicians.
The pontiff did not specifically mention abortion - a particularly contentious issue in Congress at the moment that threatens to force the shutdown of the U.S. government next week.
Still, his remarks referred to the Catholic church's opposition to abortion. He urged lawmakers and all Americans to "protect and defend human life at every stage of its development."
The pontiff went to demand an end to the arms trade, delivering a tough message to a country that is the world's largest exporter of weapons.
The pope asked why weapons are being sold to people who intend only to inflict suffering on innocents. He said: "Sadly, the answer as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood."
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