Today, I would like not only to address you, but through you the entire people of the United States. Legislative activity is always based on care for the people. Below is a transcript of Pope Francis' remarks to Congress, as prepared for delivery.
At the risk of oversimplifying, we might say that we live in a culture which pressures young people not to start a family, because they lack possibilities for the future. We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation.
Hours after the pope left the grounds, the Senate was scheduled to begin another round of sparring on abortion, with a vote on a bill that would fund the government but strip all aid from Planned Parenthood.
Their problems are our problems. I also want to dialogue with all those young people who are working to realize their great and noble aspirations -- who are not led astray by factide ph proposals, face difficult decisions, often, often as a result of immaturity on the part of many others. The complexities of history and the reality of human weakness notwithstanding, these men and women, for all their many differences and limitations, were able by hard work and self-sacrifice - some at the cost of their lives - to build a better future.
In honoring their memory, we are inspired, even amid conflicts, and in the here and now of each day, to draw upon our deepest cultural reserves. Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?
This Rule points us in a clear direction.
This year marks the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the guardian of liberty, who labored tirelessly that "this nation, under God, [might] have a new birth of freedom". I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility.
We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: The right use of natural resources, the proper application of technology and the harnessing of the spirit of enterprise are essential elements of an economy which seeks to be modern, inclusive and sustainable.
In his autobiography, Merton wrote, "I came into the world, free by nature, in the image of God. In these remarks I have sought to present some of the richness of your cultural heritage, of the spirit of the American people.
Today I would like not only to address you, but through you the entire people of the United States. Here too I think of the march which Martin Luther King led from Selma to Montgomery fifty years ago as part of the campaign to fulfill his "dream" of full civil and political rights for African Americans.
Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty. All of us are quite aware of and deeply worried by the disturbing and political situation of the world today. It is my wish that throughout my visit the family should be a recurrent theme.
We need to face them together, to talk about them and to seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions.
Merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions.
The contemporary world, with its open wounds which affect so many of our brothers and sisters, demands that we confront every form of polarization which would divide it into these two camps. Pope Francis shakes hands with U.
When countries which have been at odds resume the path of dialogue — a dialogue which may have been interrupted for the most legitimate of reasons — new opportunities open up for all. Not only do I support them, but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.
It goes without saying that parts of this great effort is the creation and distribution of wealth. On the one hand, the patriarch and lawgiver of the people of Israel symbolizes the need of peoples to keep alive their sense of unity by means of just legislation.
We know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. That dream continues to inspire us all. A political society endures when it seeks, as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk.Sep 25, · Pope Francis is applauded as he arrives to speak during a joint meeting of the U.S.
Congress on Sept. 24, Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images After reading some of the coverage of Pope Francis’ Thursday speech to Congress, a person could be forgiven for thinking that the pope was an American politician, dog whistling. For the speech, Pope Francis stood in the House chamber in front of Rep.
John Boehner, speaker of the House and a Republican from Ohio, and Vice President Joe Biden, president of the Senate. Both men are Catholics. On a historic Thursday on the Hill, Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress, calling on the legislative body to act on immigration, climate and the economy.
Below is the CQ Roll Call. Sep 24, · Watch video · Pope Francis and Speaker of the House John Boehner speak in the US Capitol building as the Pope arrives to deliver his speech to a joint meeting of Congress in Washington, on Sept.
24, Bill. Pope Francis's Historic Speech To Congress Touches On Death Penalty, Refugees, And "Threatened" Family Francis is the first pontiff in history to address a joint meeting of Congress. BuzzFeed News reporters Ellie Hall and John Stanton are at the event. Pope Francis urges Congress to reject a ‘mindset of hostility’ on immigration.
Link to video A critic of capitalism making his first visit to the US at the age of 78, the pope deflected any perception of anti-Americanism declaring the US “the land of the free and the home of the brave”, earning loud applause.Download