Climate change was not the only politically-sensitive topic broached by Pope Francis I in his address to a joint session of Congress Thursday morning.
“In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners because most of us were once foreigners,” the Pope said at one point, prompting a standing ovation from most of the crowd. “I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descendants of immigrants.”
At this moment, CNN’s cameras found Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is Catholic and of Cuban descent, in the crowd. He appeared to wipe a tear from his eye.
Rubio, who is among the many Republicans currently running for president, was at one time strongly in favor of a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants but ended up walking that position back after his own reform bill passed in the Senate.
Watch the video above, via CNN.
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