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Pope Francis Addressed Congress with a Moving Speech

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September 24th, 2015 – By Billy Caldwell

Quite simply, I like this Pope. Truly a man of the people. Yesterday, driving around in his modest Fiat four door car, he wanted only to eat with the homeless and see the people in need. Ignored were the politicians and 1%’ers . Pope Francis wanted to only be with the ones truly in need. That is what I consider admirable about this man, this leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide.

This morning Pope Francis addressed Congress with a moving speech. He challenged them to break out of their cycle of paralysis and heal the “open wounds” of a planet torn by hatred, greed, poverty and pollution. The pontiff pleaded for action to be taken on issues that are particularly liberal in thought, which the GOP will most definitely respond to. He focused on how nations should not let money drive its decisions at the expense of humanity. “Politics is, instead, and expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one, the greatest common good.”

pope Francis vs the gop
pope Francis vs the gop

After his speech to Congress, Pope Francis traveled to St. Patrick’s Church to address the plight of the homeless. “We can find no social or moral justification, no justification whatsoever, for lack of housing,” the pope said, speaking in Spanish with an interpreter at the church. He urged the homeless to turn toward prayer for strength.

His stance on immigration was also loud and clear.

“On this continent,” he continued, “thousands of persons are led to travel north in search of a better life for themselves and for their loved ones, in search of greater opportunities. Is that not what we want for our own children? 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.”

He cited the do-unto-others Golden Rule. “The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us,” Francis said. “The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.”

There are still conservative views on family and marriage, but for a person of his power, he is a good man. Utilizing his influence for the better of mankind , instead of the destruction of it. Godspeed Pope Francis!

See the speech to Congress Below:



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Billy Caldwell
A kid from the deserts of Las Vegas that moved west to the surf and gritty artsy vibe of Los Angeles. Working designer, musician and writer that has a thirst for the "new" and "cool". Founder of Sparkplug Magazine