In his speech at the White House on Wednesday, the Roman Catholic pontiff known as Francis called for a “tolerant and inclusive society” while simultaneously asking for respect for religious liberty and efforts to address global warming. “Mr. President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination,” he said before a gathering of approximately 11,000 attendees, which applauded his statement.

“With countless other people of goodwill, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and the right to religious liberty,” Francis added. “That freedom reminds one of America’s most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.” FULL REPORT