Pope Francis kicked off his American visit with a red carpet arrival in Washington, DC. In this historic first visit to the U.S., Pope Francis has a multi-city tour with remarks at the White House, before Congress, the United Nations and religious institutions. At the White House, Pope Francis called for "a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive” to preserve the rights of individuals and to reject all forms of discrimination. Pope Francis’s reminder on freedom of religion is timely in the wake of Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s latest anti-Muslim comments. Pope Francis delivered a stirring speech before a joint session of Congress. In his remarks he recognized the refugee crisis as reaching a magnitude "not seen since the Second World War." The Pope said "we must not be taken aback by their numbers" and to "view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories." Ultimately, as only the leader of a global faith can, the Pope called on all to apply the Golden Rule in responding to this crisis, "let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated." Thank you Pope Francis for your comments to our nation, and especially your appeal to help refugees.