WASHINGTON — Faith leaders, artists and climate change activists rallied on the National Mall while Pope Francis addressed Congress on Thursday.

Musician and activist Moby was among the performers at the Moral Action on Climate Justice Rally.

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The artist told WNEW’s Karen Adams he hopes the pope will influence Congress to enact climate change legislation.

“I think that the pope being here and being so vocal in his support of the climate change mission has to move the political needle,” Moby said.

Broadway actress Antonique Smith also performed.

Rally attendee Michael Bailey says the pope’s popularity with the people should be a convincing force.

“He’s talking more to the American public and that’s, that’s the way he would reach any of the members of Congress I think,” Michael says.

A spokesperson for The Chesapeake Climate Action Network says the organization is currently trying to pass a bill in Congress to cap fossil fuel emissions.

Read more about the pope’s speech to Congress.

WNEW Annapolis Bureau Chief Karen Adams contributed to this report. Follow her and WNEW on Twitter.

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