Pope Francis, in his first message on U.S. soil, introduced several subjects during his speech at the White House welcome ceremony:
- Immigration reform,
- "Support [for the] institutions of marriage and the family at a critical moment in the history of our civilization,"
- "Fidelity to the nation's founding principles," including the defense of religious liberty "from everything that would threaten or compromise it."
- "Climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation."