That wraps up today's live coverage of the #PopeInDC. Stayed tuned as we keep track of the rest of his trip to the US.
- "We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons," Pope Francis says of immigrants
- The Pope stresses protecting "life at all stages" and the importance of traditional families
- He receives a warm welcome in Congress with several standing ovations
- Americans Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr singled out in speech
- Thousands of spectators watched his address from the West Lawn of Capitol Hill
Some conservatives are upset Pope Francis did not mention abortion specifically.
"Yesterday, Pope Francis said that promoting life and family were the major reason he came to America this week. Yet, disappointingly, the pope did not mention abortion by name in his address to Congress," said John-Henry Westen, the editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews, a conservative Catholic website. Read more at the Huffington Post: Link
And more from The Daily Caller:
The Pope's message resonated with both Democrats and Republicans.
Too conservative? Too liberal? Media reactions roll in:
Thousands lining the streets cheer for Pope Francis as his Fiat makes its way to his next stop to meet with the homeless.
After addressing the crowd from the balcony off of John Boehner's office, Pope Francis warmly smiles and exits.
The crowd outside of the Capitol continues to cheer for Pope Francis as he emerges and waves on the balcony.
Next, he will visit St Patrick’s Catholic Church in DC and have lunch with homeless people at the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.
Photo bulbs snap away as Pope Francis stands in front of the new statue of Junipero Serra, flanked by Joe Biden and John Boehner.
Pope Francis wrapped up his speech by evoking the four Americans mentioned before, urging Congress to live up to their ideals.
"God bless America!"
Pope Francis said he thinks the family is being threatened more than ever before, alluding to same-sex marriage.
Several Republicans highlighted his words on Twitter:
"Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?" asks Pope Francis.
Pope Francis' message about climate change was fairly brief, but undeniable.
The Pope's reference to abortion was noticed by Republicans.
Pope Francis says we need an inclusive conversation about the environment. Applause was measured at first but grew larger as he continued on.
The vice-president is currently considering a run for the presidency.
Touching on what some people thought may be abortion, Pope Francis says that the Golden Rule "reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development."
Then he said he believes in the global abolition of the death penalty.
Pope Francis get raucous applause when he says that we must not be fearful of foreigners because most of us were once foreigners.
From Wikipedia: Dorothy Day was an American journalist, social activist, Christian socialist and devout Catholic convert. In the 1930s, Day worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic Worker Movement, a pacifist movement that continues to combine direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf.
If the interior of the House Chamber looks like a State of the Union Address, the Capitol's exterior looks like a presidential inauguration as reports say large crowds are cheering the pontiff and his address at several points.
Pope Francis says, "There is another temptation which we must especially guard against: the simplistic reduction-ism which sees only good or evil; or, if you will, the righteous and sinners."
"To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place."
Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton are the four Americans Pope Francis wishes to highlight today.
Pope Francis said he wants to dialogue with the elderly and young people alike. Young people often face difficult situations due to "immaturity on the part of many adults," he said.
Some have noticed that Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito - all Catholics - skipped the Pope's address.
John Boehner is famous in Washington for occasionally shedding some tears.
Rapturous applause as the Pope opens with "I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in 'the land of the free and the home of the brave'."
Pope Francis has arrived to the joint session of Congress to thunderous applause. He smiled as he walked in, stopping to shake John Kerry's hand.
Several Supreme Court justices and President Obama's cabinet have arrived for the Pope's address. Their presence gives the event a heightened importance, like the president's annual State of the Union address.
Speaker John Boehner is calling the meeting of Congress to order.
Joe Biden is the first Catholic to serve as vice-president.
Apparently wearing green, the colour of hope according to Pope Francis, is a trend today.
Catholic News Agency reporter Elise Harris tweets a photo of the statue of newly canonised Junipero Serra inside DC's National Statuary Hall.
As members of congress, dignitaries and other senior members of the US government gather inside the Capitol building anxiously awaiting the pontiff's speech, large crowds have gathered around the building to watch the address live on jumbo television screens.
For a little Catholic boy like me, this is big stuff
Pope Francis has met with Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner, a Catholic and the man who invited the pontiff to speak before both chambers of the US Congress.
After 20 minutes driving through the streets of Washington, the pontiff has arrived on Capitol Hill.
The Pope rode in a modest Fiat hatchback that was surrounded by a cadre of security vehicles.
For the second day, several thoroughfares in Washington have been cleared of traffic for Pope Francis' exclusive use - just one element of a massive security operation.
"El papa" as many of the US's Hispanic people call him has exited the Apostolic Nunciature - the Holy See's diplomatic mission where the Pope has been spending his evenings.
He took time to greet well-wishers and school children who had assembled along temporary barricades. Several flags for the pontiff's native Argentina could be seen waving among the people.
"I got a selfie!" one child was heard cheering in the crowd.
Hello and welcome to the BBC's live coverage of Pope Francis' address to a joint session of the US Congress.
For the next few hours we'll be bringing you live updates of the pontiff's speech with analysis from our team in Washington, as well as reaction from the global community.
The ceremony with all its pageantry plus the main event will be kicking off over the next few minutes.