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Speaking on the steps of Independence Hall, birthplace of the American nation, Pope Francis reached out warmly to the country's Latinos, telling immigrants to stay strong and to “never be ashamed” of their cultural heritage.

The son of an Italian immigrant to Argentina, the first pontiff born in the New World recalled this country's immigration heritage while surrounded by symbols of America. He stood next to a statue of George Washington and behind the lectern Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address.

Speaking in Spanish, Francis on Saturday greeted Latinos with “particular affection” and told immigrants they had an obligation to contribute to the country and not be discouraged by hardship.

“I ask you not to forget that, like those who came here before you, you bring many gifts to your new nation. You should never be ashamed of your traditions,” the pope said. “I repeat, do not be ashamed of what is part of you, your lifeblood.”

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