President Barack Obama on Wednesday welcomed Pope Francis to the White House, and paid tribute to the Catholic Church's work with the poor in the United States. Obama said he used to work with Catholics while he was a community organizer on the south side of Chicago. Obama also paid tribute to Pope Francis' spirit, saying he called on everyone to move "the least of these" to the forefront of society. The president thanked Pope Francis for helping to restore the U.S. and Cuba restore full diplomatic ties. Obama said he supported Francis' call to all world leaders to support communities vulnerable to climate change.
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