DLN: ‘Historic and powerful’ speech by Pope Francis impresses Congress
As published in the Daily Local News
Before a joint session of Congress Thursday, Pope Francis preached a message of social justice, while also attempting to encourage consensus on divisive issues.
“I am grateful for the invitation to address the joint session of congress in the land of the free and the home of the brave,” he said.
The pope incorporated the lives of four Americans − Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton − to handle politically-charged topics like extremism, immigration, the refugee crisis in Syria, abortion, capital punishment and the future of families.
The pope expressed his concern that the world was becoming a place of increased violence and hatred, allowing different forms of extremism to thrive...
U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist., Montgomery/Berks Counties, said he supported the Pope’s efforts to create dialogue on historically dividing issues in a pragmatic way.
Joining Costello for the address was Jeannine Ferrante, an 86-year old West Pottsgrove Township resident, who has been an active member of the St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Parish in Stowe for over 65 years.
Costello appreciated the effort to “forge ahead” toward creating consensus on these issues, by appealing to those in attendance on a humanitarian level, he said. He further connected to Pope Francis’ “renewed sense of cooperation that respected for our differences of conscience,” he said.
“It exceeded my expectations in terms of how effective the message can be because it was a message rooted in respect for difference for humanity,” he said.