Pope Francis has addressed the USA Congress and called for compassion on immigrants and refugees and the respect for human life and the family.
In the first-ever Capitol Hill address by a sitting pontiff, the Pope said that Americans should show compassion to immigrants of all stripes.
“When the stranger in our midst appeals to us, we must not repeat the sins and errors of the past,” the Pontiff said. He further said “We must not resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our ‘neighbours’ and everything around us.”
And speaking on the family, the Pope expressed his concern that's core existence was being threatened, “Perhaps as never before from within and without.” Speaking to law makers, Supreme Court Justices and multiple presidential candidates, Pope Francis said, “Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and family; and the golden rule reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.
The Pope implored the congress to treat others with the same passion and compassion with which each one wants to be treated. “Let us seek for others the possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others grow, as we would like to be helped by others,” Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis’s speech in the House of Representatives was attended by more than 500 senators and representatives and Supreme Court justices
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