Sep 24, 2015 5:36 PM
DURHAM - Pope Francis continued a historic visit to the United States on Thursday, and Granite Staters of all faiths came together to watch a speech he gave to Congress.
At the Community Church of Durham, dozens sat in silence – listening as the pope highlighted issues such as immigration, the environment and distribution of wealth.
“This is a great pope," said Fred Atwood-Land. "And I think everybody needs to be listening and watching.”
Atwood-Land was among more than 40 people at the Durham church, who came together at a watch party organized by the League of Conservation Voters.
Throughout the nearly hour-long speech, many clapped, took notes and reflected about the pope's thoughts on societal issues happening across the country.
“He ties everything together," said Judy Brandon, who said Pope Francis is returning people to their faiths. “I think that a lot of people are finding their way back to speaking about spirituality.”
Perhaps, however, the most notable aspect of the pope's character is his attractiveness to the younger crowd - garnering the attention and support from many who had previously grown away from faith.
"Just saying that we need to help out the poor and needy, and the people that are most vulnerable - I think that’s a beautiful thing," said David Hughes.
A second watch party was held in Concord at the Red River Theatres.
Many elementary school classrooms, like the sixth grade class at Presentation of Mary Academy in Hudson, also put aside their pens and papers to hear the pope's message.
A group of students from St. Anselm College will be visiting the pope in person on Sunday.
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