Before landing in the United States on September 22, Pope Francis told reporters on his flight to Washington D.C. from Cuba that he remains consistent with the historic teachings of the Catholic Church and that everything he has said is in keeping with those teachings. Laughing off criticisms by some that he preaches communism or socialism, the pontiff said, “I am certain I have never said anything more than what is in the social doctrine of the church.” Pope Francis added, according to Catholic News Service, “I follow the church and in this I do not think I am wrong."
 
“Maybe I have given an impression of being a little bit to the left,” the pope said. “But if they want me to recite the creed, I can!”
 
The pope said that there are many reasons voiced by people may think “he’s communist or he’s not communist.” 
 
As to politics, pope said that he would not call for an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba while speaking to a joint session of Congress on September 24 at the U.S. Capitol. Pope Francis indicated he would leave that up to bilateral negotiations.

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