Pope Francis addressed Congress today, and I was very impressed with his message. It is things all civilized people have heard before, but it seems to always get lost. I have to qualify this by stating that I am not Catholic, but I have learned many of the principles in my own Jewish religion. I didn’t agree with every single thing he said, but I liked his positive message.
The Pope’s message was the antithesis to Donald’s Trump’s platform of negativity and name calling. The way things have been going in this country is alarming. Maybe this religious leader’s message will wake some people up! Every member of congress,and the Supreme Justices seemed to be listening.
The 50,000 people gathered outside the Capital in Washington D.C. were all listening. According to a newsperson outside, it was silent when the Pope was speaking.
If you missed it, this is a summary of some of these things he said:
“The children: a future of countless possibilities. Hopeless maze of violence, abuse and despair. Their problems are our problems. “
Many children in this country go to bed hungry every night.
“Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery fulfilled the dream of full political rights to all Americans. The dream continues to inspire us all…”
All that violence this summer. We have to work on our relationships.
“Immigrants: We don’t fear foreigners in this continent, because we were foreigners. “
How I remember my own grandparents who spoke broken English, and were grateful to be living in American
“Abolish death penalty: “every life is sacred… Offer encouragement hope, and rehabilitation.”
I don’t believe in the death penalty, but I don’t think everyone can be rehabilitated, but it is a good goal.
“My duty Is to build bridges, and help all women and men….Courage and daring. Not the same as responsibility. A good political leader always hopes to initiate the process.”
Bridges not walls. Good idea.
He also touched on progressive ideas about the environment and technology.
This is just a snapshot of what Pope Francis said, a guy in tune with what should be obvious to us all.
It was refreshing to hear a positive and peaceful message.