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Francis Pontificates in Congress

It was an unprecedented event. No Pope has ever before addressed the U.S. Congress. On Thursday morning, September 24, Pope Francis spoke to a joint session of Congress. Kind and diplomatic while hitting on divisive topics, he encouraged them to “care for the people.”

The Pope’s Congressional address in a nutshell…

Pope Francis spoke to the U.S. Congress on Sept. 24, a first in papal history. He managed to subtly (and at times not so subtly) appeal to Democrats and Republicans while making pleas on some of America’s most divisive topics. ~ AJ+

The underlying theme of the Pope’s address…

“We must move forward together, as one,
in a renewed spirit of fraternity and solidarity,
cooperating generously for the common good.”
— Pope Francis

The Pope’s full address, with subtitles…

The full transcript of Pope Francis’ address to Congress…

Read the Full Text of Pope Francis’ Address to Us Congress (Link)

Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free asnd the home of the brave”. 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… ~ Catholic News Agency

A review of the Pope’s Congressional address…

How Pope Francis’ Bipartisan Call Resonated in Congress

In an unprecedented address to the U.S. Congress, Pope Francis called for action on poverty, climate change, immigration and the refugee crisis. He urged the protection of human life at all stages, as well as the easing of partisan divisions. William Brangham offers a closer look at the pope’s speech and political director Lisa Desjardins shares reactions from Capitol Hill with Judy Woodruff. ~ PBS NewsHour


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


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