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Pope's Reference to Abortion That Received a Bipartisan Standing Ovation From Congress


A key moment during Pope Francis' historic address to Congress in which he referenced abortion without saying the word, and spoke against the death penalty led to a standing ovation from members of both political parties.

The moment came when the pontiff said that the "Golden Rule" is a good reminder of "our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development."

"This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty," Pope Francis said. "I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes."

Watch his comments and the standing ovation below:

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