During Pope Francis's visit to the U.S., we asked readers to explore his comments on family, poverty and climate change and share how their views align.

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Family
“Children have the right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity.”
— Pope Francis
The Complementarity of Man and Woman, Nov. 17, 2014
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Pew research

While nine out of 10 U.S. Catholics say a household headed by married heterosexual couple is best for raising children, large majorities think other kinds of families are OK.

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Pope Francis says children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother

Poverty
“If a computer breaks it is a tragedy, but poverty, the needs and dramas of so many people end up being considered normal.”
— Pope Francis
General audience in St. Peter's Square, June 5, 2013
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Climate Change
“This is our sin: exploiting the Earth and not allowing her to give us what she has within her.”
— Pope Francis
Unprepared remarks at University of Molise, July 5, 2014
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Forty-five percent of the U.S. public believe that global warming is caused by human activity. Forty-seven percent of Catholics hold the same view.

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people shared how their views align with Pope Francis's statements
Family
                                                                                                     
19% of 35,842
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Poverty
                                                                                                     
29% of 35,842
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Climate Change
                                                                                                     
30% of 29,462
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What’s the most important issue facing the church today?
What others think ...
Climate Change
“While I like that Pope Francis has started speaking on climate change, how does the church put this in to practice? I feel like it requires a practical leadership that is currently missing. ”
- Anonymous
Agnostic, 29 years old
Caring for the oppressed
“I think the church should be more involved in offering aid and support to people who are hurting or who are being oppressed by their home countries. This is the way we show God's love.”
- Jess
Protestant, 35 years old
Poverty
“If the church is to remain relevant it needs to deepen its commitment to ending human suffering in real ways. This Pope is doing a great job. I hope he talks about a living wage when he's in DC.”
- Katie
Atheist, 39 years old
population
“The statement refers to 2 parents. If resources are too low to support a child, a child should not be subject to a poor environment. The worlds resources are over taxed due to too many people.”
- Deia Torry
39 years old
Women's rights
“Pope Francis should take a more explicit stance on the liberation of Catholic women as well as allowing women into church leadership. ”
- Anonymous
Agnostic, 23 years old
Gay rights
“It's time for the Catholic church to be an example for the world.”
- Anonymous
Protestant
gay marriage
“traditional marriage should not be disturbed”
Income inequality
“Migrants are an issue because of poverty. Racial justice would be more easily attained if we had economic justice. And abortion is an individual decision, not a societal ill.”
- Anonymous
Catholic
climate change
“Climate change”
- Gabriel
Catholic, 44 years old
Income inequality
“It is just awful the income disparity of the private sector and financial community versus the young people working for minimum wage.”
- Dwight
Protestant, 56 years old
Poverty
“Poverty in the world brought on my war and greed.”
- David Friday
Protestant, 62 years old
Sex
“By forcing its leaders to abstain from sex, monsters are created of its men. Sex, like food, water, and sleep, is an integral component of human survival. It should be treated and respected as such. ”
- Julie W.
Agnostic, 35 years old
Income inequality
“this splits the world into two camps”
- linkey1954
Agnostic, 61 years old
Birth Control/Family Plan
“The Church needs to allow artificial birth control methods or else we are doomed to an over-crowded, over-populated cesspool. Developing countries are most in need of this policy change.”
- Mike Stewart
No religion
LGBT Rights
“I think LGBT Catholics should be given respect and welcomed back into the church. I, personally, have not attended mass in over 5 years for this issue alone. ”
- Anonymous
Catholic, 22 years old
Women's rights
“If the church can recognize and give full rights to women it cannot help but improve women's rights worldwide in terms of healthcare, education, safety and security.”
- JAK
Catholic, 49 years old
Modernization
“Some of the Church's view on many social issues (abortion, marriage) is in conflict with the prevailing view in society today. Reconciliation is needed if the Church is to reach a broader audience. ”
- Jay
Buddhist, 29 years old
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