Pope Francis embraces, and challenges, America in first visit (McClatchy Washington Bureau)

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis swept into America on Wednesday, captivating the nation’s capital as he launched his first visit, embracing the country’s heritage while challenging it to do more to solve global problems. “God Bless America,” he said to enthusiastic applause at the White House at the start of a whirlwind day. Thousands cheered the popular…

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