Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, wait to greet the pope. (Damon Winter/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
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From the world stage of the United Nations to an inner-city school, Pope Francis is emphasizing themes that have shaped his popular papacy as he packs in encounters with the powerful and the poor in New York City.Francis, who on Thursday became the first pope to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress, is now set to speak to world leaders gathered for a U.N. General Assembly summit to adopt new global goals to fight poverty and preserve the environment.Francis is also scheduled to confer with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday and meet with U.N. officials and staffers.Francis' plans for Friday afternoon reflect the penchant of the "people's pope" for engaging with the public, on scales large and small.First comes a visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, set amid public housing in the heavily Hispanic neighborhood of East Harlem. Known for ministering to the downtrodden in his native Buenos Aires, Francis will meet schoolchildren and offer a special blessing to refugees and immigrants, including people living in the country illegally.
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