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In Strasbourg, Pope to lay out principles on hot EU issues like immigration, unemployment

A member of the Ukrainian feminist protest group FEMEN, waves the European Union flag, as she stages a protest inside the cathedral of Strasbourg, eastern France, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 against Tuesday's visit of the Pope to  Strasbourg . Pope Francis is set to deliver his first major speech on Europe with a holistic, if not holy, look at complex continental issues like joblessness and immigration. The pontiff's whirlwind, 4-hour visit Tuesday to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, Europe's main human rights body, in Strasbourg is shaping up as more a secular stop than a liturgical layover. (AP/Photo Christian Lutz)

A member of the Ukrainian feminist protest group FEMEN, waves the European Union flag, as she stages a protest inside the cathedral of Strasbourg, eastern France, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 against Tuesday's visit of the Pope to Strasbourg . Pope Francis is set to deliver his first major speech on Europe with a holistic, if not holy, look at complex continental issues like joblessness and immigration. The pontiff's whirlwind, 4-hour visit Tuesday to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, Europe's main human rights body, in Strasbourg is shaping up as more a secular stop than a liturgical layover. (AP/Photo Christian Lutz)  (The Associated Press)

Pope Francis is set to deliver his first major speech on Europe, focusing on complex continental issues such as joblessness and immigration.

The pontiff's whirlwind, four-hour visit Tuesday to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, Europe's main human rights body, in Strasbourg is shaping up as more a secular stop than a liturgical layover.

Aides say the pontiff will address topics including unemployment and immigration, two hot-button issues in Europe.

To the disgruntlement of some locals, he won't visit Strasbourg's famed cathedral.

Some left-leaning lawmakers argue he has no place visiting secular European institutions.

Francis' trip is the first by a pope to Strasbourg since John Paul II visited in 1988. That was a very different Europe — before the Berlin Wall fell.