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. Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility.
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 transcript of the speech in its entirety.
Speaker, honorable members of the Congress, dear friends, I am most grateful for the invitation to address this joint session of Congress in the land of the free and 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.
Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility. Your one responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this country by your legislative activity to grow as a nation. You are the face of its people, their representatives. You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics.
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.
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To this you have been invited, called and convicted by those who elect you. Yours is a walk which makes me reflect in two ways on the figure of Moses.
On the one hand, the patriarch and lawgiver of the people of Israel symbolizes the need of people to keep alive their sense of unity by means of just legislation. On the other, the figure of Moses leads us directly to God and thus, to the threshold of dignity of the human being.
You are asked to protect by means of the law the image and likeness fashioned by God on every human life. Today, I would like not only to address you, but through you the entire people of the United States.
Here together with the representatives, I would like to take this opportunity to dialogue with the many thousands of men and women who strive each day to do an honest days work, to bring home the daily bread, to save money, and one step at a time to build a better life for their families.
These are men and women who are not concerned simply with paying their taxes but in their own quiet way sustain the life of society. I would like to end the dialogue with the many elderly persons who store a house of wisdom forged by experience and who seek in many ways especially -- to bore on their work phshare their stories and their insights.
I know that many of them are retired, but still active. They keep working to build up this land. 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.
I wish to dialogue with all of you and I would like to do so through the storytelling of your people. My visit takes place at the time when men and women of good will are marking their universities ph of several great Americans.
The complexity of history and the reality of human weakness notwithstanding, these men and women for all there are many differences and imitations are enabled by hard work and self- sacrifice, some of the cost of their lives, to build a better future. They shared fundamental values which endure forever in the spirit of the American people, a people with a great spirit, which can lead to many crisis, conflicts while always finding their resources to move forward and to do so with dignity.
These men and women offer us a way of seeing an imperfect reality. And from the memory, we are inspired, even amidst the conflict and in the here and now of each day, to draw a plan our deepest who draw uncertainty ph.
I would like to mention four of these Americans: This year marks the th 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.
Building a future of freedom requires love of the common good and cooperation in a spirit of subsidiarity ph and solidarity. All of us are quite aware of and deeply worried by the disturbing and political situation of the world today. Our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred and brutal atrocities committed even in the name of God and of religion.
We know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. This means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether religious or of any other kind.
A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetrated in the name of a religion, an ideology or an economic system while also safeguarding religious freedom, intellectual freedom and individual freedoms. APPLAUSE But there is another temptation which we must especially guard against -- the simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil or, if you will, the righteous and sinners.
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.Read the Speech Pope Francis Gave to Congress.
September 24, Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress in a historic speech Thursday morning. Here’s a full transcript of his remarks. "I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”.
LTRP Note: On the morning of September 24th, Lighthouse Trails posted an article by Ray Yungen titled “Contemplative Spirituality – the Source of the Catholic Church’s Expansion” “Coincidentally,” one hour later, Lighthouse Trails was contacted and told that the Catholic Church’s Jesuit Pope Francis talked about Thomas Merton (using the term contemplative to describe him) when he addressed Congress.
. Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress urging lawmakers to take action on climate change, and sharing his views on the death penalty and immigration.
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Vice-President, Mr. Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in the Chamber of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington September 24, Founded: Sep 18, Sep 24, · In speech to Congress, Pope Francis urges action on immigration, climate In the first-ever papal address to a joint meeting of Congress, Pope Francis on Thursday called on Americans to embrace immigrants from Latin America and around the world.