Pope, after blunt talk to Congress, thanks nuns in New York

Pope Francis plunged into the melting pot of New York on Thursday after reminding the country of its immigrant origins in the first papal speech

Pope Francis greets onlookers upon his arrival at

Pope Francis greets onlookers upon his arrival at JFK Airport in New York. (September 24, 2015 9:56 PM)

(AP) -- Pope Francis plunged into the melting pot of New York on Thursday after reminding the country of its immigrant origins in the first papal speech before Congress. At an evening prayer service in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Francis thanked American nuns for their strength and courage in a deeply meaningful acknowledgement of their service following a years-long Vatican crackdown.

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