Reading Eagle: Pope's speech to Congress impresses area representatives
As published in the Reading Eagle
Inspiring, significant and substantial.
That's how area congressional leaders described Pope Francis' historic speech.
Francis, the first pope to address a joint session of Congress, challenged lawmakers and those who elect them to break the cycle of political polarization and stagnation and to confront the important issues facing the nation. He touched on many topics, including immigration, the death penalty, climate change, the Syrian refugee crisis and poverty...
Rep. Ryan Costello said he was actually surprised by how relevant and purposeful the pope was with his message.
"He talked about four or five big issues that people are deeply divided on," the Chester County Republican said in phone interview. "Practically every contemporary political challenge our society is facing was in that speech."
Costello, who identifies as a Presbyterian, said the way in which the pope delivered the speech also was impressive.
"I felt like that his message was as much about me being a member of Congress as it was about me as the individual," he said. "His ability to bring that duality to his speech made me realize that there is really a lot people can take away."