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As the first Vicar of Christ to address a joint meeting of Congress today, Pope Francis delivered challenges to both political parties. In addition to abortion and global warming, he also addressed the death penalty and the arms trade. We hear excerpts of his historic speech and sample reactions.

Also, more than 700 are killed in a Hajj stampede. On today's Talking Point: after 50 years of brutal guerilla warfare, both the government of Columbia and so-called FARC rebels have set a deadline to complete a peace deal. We hear about a deal reached yesterday in Havana.

More than 700 Killed in Hajj Stampede 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Saudi Arabia takes pride in hosting the Hajj every year, when millions of Muslims travel to Mecca, but once again the pilgrimage has turned deadly. Less than two weeks ago a construction crane crashed, killing 111 people. Today, six miles from Mecca, more than 700 were killed and almost 900 were injured in a stampede. Ben Hubbard is Middle East Correspondent for the New York Times.

Ben Hubbard, New York Times (@NYTBen)

Pope Francis Makes History on Capitol Hill 34 MIN, 18 SEC

Before a packed chamber today, Francis became the first Pope to address a joint meeting of the House and the Senate. Speaking slowly and in heavily accented English, Pope Francis said he was grateful for a historic invitation.

He called for unity and denounced political and ideological “polarization”—but did not shy away from Washington's most divisive issues. They included abortion, same sex marriage and climate change — each provoking a standing ovation from a different part of the audience. Afterward, there was no handshaking with dignitaries: the Pope had a meeting with homeless people.

John Feehery, Feehery Group (@JohnFeehery)
Inés San Martín, Crux (@inesanma)
Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General (@AGBecerra)
Paul Singer, USA Today (@singernews)
James Carroll, New York University

Transcript of the Pope's speech
Crux on the Pope's progressive call to action
USA Today on the breadth of Pope Francis' speech, offering something for everyone

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After 50 Years of Guerilla Warfare in Colombia, Peace Is in Sight 9 MIN, 4 SEC

Succeeding governments of Colombia have been fighting against the Revolutionary Armed Forces — abbreviated the FARC — for 50 years. Yesterday in Havana, Cuba, representatives of the government of Colombia and FARC rebel leaders were all dressed in white after reaching stage four of a six-stage peace agreement, scheduled to be completed in the next six months. If it can be finalized, it will mean the end of guerilla warfare that's lasted for 50 years. Adam Isacson studies regional security policy for the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights organization.

Adam Isacson, Washington Office on Latin America (@adam_wola)

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