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  • Pope Francis Address to U.S. Congress: September 24, 2015
    hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness Declaration of Independence 4 July 1776 If politics must truly be at the service of the human person it follows that it cannot be a slave to the economy and finance Politics is instead an expression of our compelling need to live as one in order to build as one the greatest common good that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share in justice and peace its goods its interests its social life I do not underestimate the difficulty that this involves but I encourage you in this effort Here too I think of the march which Martin Luther King led from Selma to Montgomery fifty years ago as part of the campaign to fulfill his dream of full civil and political rights for African Americans That dream continues to inspire us all I am happy that America continues to be for many a land of dreams Dreams which lead to action to participation to commitment Dreams which awaken what is deepest and truest in the life of a people In recent centuries millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom We the people of this continent are not fearful of foreigners because most of us were once foreigners I say this to you as the son of immigrants knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants Tragically the rights of those who were here long before us were not always respected For those peoples and their nations from the heart of American democracy I wish to reaffirm my highest esteem and appreciation Those first contacts were often turbulent and violent but it is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present Nonetheless when the stranger in our midst appeals to us we must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our neighbors and everything around us Building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others rejecting a mindset of hostility in order to adopt one of reciprocal subsidiarity in a constant effort to do our best I am confident that we can do this Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War This presents us with great challenges and many hard decisions On this continent too 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 this 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 To respond in a way which is always humane just and fraternal We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays to discard whatever proves troublesome Let us remember the Golden Rule Do unto others as you would have them do unto you Mt 7 12 This Rule points us in a clear direction Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves Let us help others to grow as we would like to be helped ourselves In a word if we want security let us give security if we want life let us give life if we want opportunities let us provide opportunities The yardstick we use for others will be the yardstick which time will use for us The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development This conviction has led me from the beginning of my ministry to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty I am convinced that this way is the best since every life is sacred every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes Recently my brother bishops here in the United States renewed their call for the abolition of the death penalty Not only do I support them but I also offer encouragement to all those who are convinced that a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation In these times when social concerns are so important I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day who founded the Catholic Worker Movement Her social activism her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed were inspired by the Gospel her faith and the example of the saints How much progress has been made in this area in so many parts of the world How much has been done in these first years of the third millennium to raise people out of extreme poverty I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done and that in times of crisis and economic hardship a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost At the same time I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty They too need to be given hope The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts especially in its causes I know that many Americans today as in the past are working to deal with this problem It goes without saying that part of this great effort is the creation and distribution

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  • Pope Francis Delivers Historic Address to U.S. Congress | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    their back on our neighbors and everything around us Speaking on the world s refugee crisis he invoked the Golden Rule Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War On this continent too 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 this not what we want for our own children We must not be taken aback by their numbers but rather view them as persons Let us remember the Golden Rule Do unto others as you would have them do unto you Pope Francis condemned legalized abortion the death penalty and unscrupulous weapons sales Every life is sacred he insisted calling for the global abolition of the death penalty and the responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development He also called on Congress to seize the moment by moving forward with normalizing relations with Cuba The pope used four iconic U S citizens as relevant models of virtue for Americans today Abraham Lincoln the Rev Martin Luther King Jr Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton From top left Abraham Lincoln the Rev Martin Luther King Jr Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did when it fosters a culture which enables people to dream of full rights for all their brothers and sisters as Martin Luther King sought to do when it strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton the pope said Describing political service with the same tone used to describe a vocation to religious life you have been invited called and convened by those who elected you the pope recognized the weighty responsibility of being a member of the U S Congress Dialogue he said is the only way to handle the pressure and fulfill the call to serve the common good promoting a culture of hope and healing of peace and justice For the speech Pope Francis stood in the House chamber in front of Rep John Boehner speaker of the House and a Republican from Ohio and Vice President Joe Biden president of the Senate Both men are Catholics Besides the senators representatives and their invited guests the attendees included members of the U S Supreme Court and members of President Barack Obama s Cabinet It is important that today as in the past the voice of faith continue to be heard for it is a voice of fraternity and love which tries to bring out the best in each person and in each society Pope Francis said The dialogue the country needs must be respectful of our differences and our convictions of conscience Referencing his environmental encyclical Pope Francis said that business is a

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  • Bishops Welcome Dialogue To Protect Creation And Address Climate Change | Ignatian Solidarity Network
    introduced in Congress September 17 by a group of Republican legislators The bishops welcome the commitment of a group of Members of Congress to engage in constructive dialogue and work together in Congress to address climate change and protect our common home said Archbishop Wenski in response to the announcement of a Congressional resolution sponsored by several Republican members in the House of Representatives including Congressman Chris Gibson Archbishop Wenski is the Archbishop of Miami and chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U S Conference of Catholic Bishops USCCB Archbishop Wenski said The U S bishops stand united with the Holy Father in his call to protect creation and our common home for the well being of current and future generations The cosponsors of this resolution set a positive example for government leaders heeding Pope Francis call in his encyclical Laudato Si to engage in positive dialogue to address what Pope Francis has called one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day climate change said Bishop Oscar Cantú It is our hope that this modest first step opens the door to joining Democrat members of Congress who have been active in seeking conversation and solutions for the country and the world Bishop Cantú is the Bishop of Las Cruces and chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the U S Conference of Catholic Bishops USCCB The news comes amid a recent pledge by 169 Catholic college and university leaders worldwide including nearly 100 U S presidents to implement Pope Francis s message on climate change The declaration of commitment was coordinated by the Ignatian Solidarity Network 96 leaders in U S Catholic higher education joined nearly 80 Catholic university presidents from 32 other nations in signing a statement of support and a public commitment to study promote and act on the ideals and vision of integral ecology laid out by Pope Francis Facebook 17 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Twitter 17 Tags climate change Laudato Si Pope Francis USCCB http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 09 beauty wisdom jpg 800 800 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2015 09 23 12 48 42 2015 09 29 15 37 11 Bishops Welcome Dialogue To Protect Creation And Address Climate Change You might also like What Real Unity Looks Like Pope Francis Foot Washing U S Conference of Catholic Bishops Release Statement on Race Relations 30 000 Catholics to Attend Watch Parties to Witness Pope Francis s Address to Congress Laudato Si An Invitation to Solidarity Pope Francis Pope Francis Pope Francis Pray and Advocate to End Hunger Protect SNAP Lent Breaking the Bonds of a Throwaway Culture 0 replies Leave a Reply Want to join the discussion Feel free to contribute Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Receive ISN Updates Action Alerts Email Address First

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  • Jesuit Conference President Sends Letter to Jesuit-Educated Members of Congress in Anticipation of Pope Francis's Visit
    graduated from either a U S Jesuit high school or university or in some cases both In a historic first Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress on September 24 at the request of U S House Speaker John Boehner Boehner is a graduate of Xavier University the Jesuit university in Cincinnati Ohio As you well know Jesuit education stresses the ideal of being men and women for others with a particular commitment to those who are most vulnerable said Fr Kesicki He went on to affirm their willingness to serve the public and said that they are each uniquely positioned to make a profound impact on the common good and well suited to substantively engage the message of the world s most famous Jesuit Pope Francis Utilizing a series of quotations from various speeches and homilies by Pope Francis Fr Kesicki highlighted a number of topics he anticipates Pope Francis engaging while in the U S especially during his address to Congress These topics include environmental justice and climate change protecting the human rights of migrants addressing the root causes of migrants fleeing Central America and reconciliation and rehabilitation in justice systems The final quotation chosen by Kesicki came from an address Pope Francis made to the College of Cardinals in December of 2013 only months after assuming the papacy Pope Francis decried a global economic system and cultural norms that discard vulnerable human life as worthless or inconvenient saying The victims of such a culture are precisely the weakest and most fragile human beings the unborn the poorest people sick elderly people gravely disabled people who are in danger of being thrown out expelled from a machine that must be efficient at all costs In the closing paragraphs Kesicki noted that for the Pope social justice is inextricably linked to our Catholic faith He went on to say that this poses a challenge to those of us who reside in comfort and health in a land of plenty and expressed hope in the possibility of working with each members on the many issues that matter to the Pope Facebook 623 Google 0 Linkedin 17 Twitter 640 Tags Jesuit Pope Francis Speaker Boehner Timothy Kesicki SJ Xavier University http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 09 for the Pope social justice is inextricably linked to our Catholic faith jpg 800 800 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2015 09 21 21 59 00 2015 09 24 16 26 27 Jesuit Conference President Sends Letter to Jesuit Educated Members of Congress in Anticipation of Pope Francis s Visit You might also like Christopher Kerr Ignatian Family Teach In for Justice 2013 ISN Board Chair Fred Kammer SJ to Receive Harry A Fagan Roundtable Award Jesuit Parish in San Antonio Responds to Needs of Detainees Released from Immigration Detention Centers U S Jesuits Join Catholic Bishops in Welcoming Obama Administration s Plan to Provide Immigration Relief Rep Jim

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  • Congressman Gosar: Join Us, Listen
    Pope Francis will address Congress on September 24 Some people are more excited about Pope Francis s address to Congress next week than others Representative Paul Gosar AZ 5 a Catholic and graduate of Creighton University has published an op ed stating that he will NOT attend Pope Francis s address because he anticipates the text being focused on climate change which he describes as a fool s errand While many may be most disappointed by Congressman Gosar s stance on climate change a stance that 97 percent of actively publishing climate scientists across the globe disagree with what I find most troubling as a fellow product of Jesuit education is his lack of willingness to at least listen when Pope Francis comes to Congress this week Former Jesuit Superior General Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach described Jesuit education as an experience where students should learn to perceive think judge choose and act for the rights of others especially the disadvantaged and the oppressed Kolvenbach Santa Clara 2000 How can we come to understand the perspective of our Catholic faith and its invitation to stand with the marginalized if we are unwilling to at least listen By choosing not to attend and at least hear Pope Francis s message Congressman Gosar will miss this opportunity to understand the Pope s perspective grounded in his concern for others and his love of Christ He will miss that invitation to solidarity that Fr Kolvenbach described as paramount to the experience of Jesuit education As Pope Francis has said on numerous occasions It is impossible for peace to exist without dialogue Congressman Gosar I hope you will reconsider your decision to boycott Join us in the dialogue for a more peaceful and just world Facebook 94 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Twitter 94 Tags Congressman Gosar Pope Francis Pope2Congress http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 09 Congress jpg 1246 2048 Christopher Kerr http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png Christopher Kerr 2015 09 21 11 39 42 2015 09 24 16 26 38 Congressman Gosar Join Us Listen You might also like Pope Francis Meets with Cristo Rey Jesuit Students During Satellite Meeting Prior to U S Visit Jesuit Conference President Sends Letter to Jesuit Educated Members of Congress in Anticipation of Pope Francis s Visit I Hope the Papal Encyclical on Climate Change Inspires You 6 Ways To Get Ready for Your Pope Watch Party Prayers for Peace in Iraq National Catholic Organizations Join Pope Francis Papal Encyclical What s in the News for June 17 2015 US Bishops on Pope at Border See Our Brothers and Sisters as Fellow Pilgrims Asia Pacific Jesuit Conference Expresses Support for Pope Francis s Encyclical 0 replies Leave a Reply Want to join the discussion Feel free to contribute Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Receive ISN Updates Action Alerts Email Address First Name Issue Interests

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  • Catholic Higher Education Leaders Affirm Pope Francis’s Leadership on Climate Change
    S J Rector Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente Mexico Lic César Palacios S J Rector ISIA Instituto Superior Intercultural AYUUK Mexico Francisco Ramírez Yáñez Pbro Lic Rector Universidad del Valle de Atemajac Mexico David Fernández Dávalos Rector Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México Mexico Mtro Felipe de Jesús Espinosa Torres S J Rector Universidad Iberoamericana León Mexico Dr Fernando Fernández Font S J Rector Presidente de AUSJAL Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla Mexico Dr Rubén Arceo López S J Rector Universidad Iberoamericana Tijuana Mexico Guillermo Prieto Salinas S J Rector Universidad Iberoamericana Torreón Mexico Mtro Enrique Pasta Rector Universidad Loyola del Pacífico Mexico Emilio Banos Rector Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla Mexico Rev José Idiáquez Guevara S J Rector Universidad Centroamericana UCA Managua Nicaragua Ariel Macatangay SDB Principal Don Bosco Technological Institute Papua New Guinea Dr Gabriel Insaurralde S J Director Instituto Superior de Estudios Humanísticos y Filosóficos Paraguay MARCIAL RUBIO Doctor Rector Pontifical Catholic University of Peru PUCP Peru Dr Ernesto Cavassa S J Rector Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya Peru Patricia Campos Olazábal Dra Rector Universidad Católica Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo Peru Dra Elsa Del Castillo Mory Rectora Universidad del Pacífico Peru Dionisio Miranda S V D President University of San Carlos Philippines Fabian Rodriguez S J Priest compannia de Jesus Puerto Rico Frantisek Trstensky Vice rector Catholic University in Ruzomberok Slovak Republic Eugenia Bieto Director General ESADE Spain José Sols Lucia Director de la Cátedra de Ética y Pensamiento Cristiano IQS Universidad Ramon Llull Spain Gabriel Pérez Alcalá Rector Loyola Andalucia Spain Rev Marceliano Arranz Rector Real Centro Universitario Mª Cristina Spain Carlos Losada M Director General UNIJES Spain Daniel Sada Rectory Universidad Francisco de Vitoria Spain Julio Martinez S J Rector Universidad Pontificia Comillas Spain Angel Galindo García Rector Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca Spain Dr Augustine C Y Tang 唐傳義 President Providence University Taiwan Gerald Pillay Vice Chancellor Rector Liverpool Hope University United Kingdom Peter Lutzeier Ph D Vice Chancellor Principal Newman University Birmingham UK United Kingdom Julia M McNamara Ph D President Albertus Magnus College United States Thomas Flynn Ph D President Alvernia University United States Mary Meehan Ph D President Alverno College United States Michael Galligan Stierle Ph D President Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities United States Gary Maciag O F M Executive Director Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities United States Michael Sheeran S J President Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities United States Francesco Cesareo Ph D President Assumption College United States Sister Joseph Spring SCC President Assumption College for Sisters United States Linda M Bevilacqua OP President Barry University United States Joseph J McGowan Jr President Bellarmine University United States William Carroll President Benedictine University United States Beverly Wharton President Briar Cliff University United States Donald Taylor Ph D President Cabrini College United States Nancy Blattner President Caldwell University United States Daniel Lowery Ph D President Calumet College of St Joseph United States Suzanne Mellon Ph D President Carlow University United States Thomas Evans Ph D President Carroll College United States Mark Francis CSV President Catholic Theological Union United States Bro Bernard Ploeger SM PhD President Chaminade University of Honolulu United States John Smarrelli Jr President Christian Brothers University United States Joanne Burrows S C President Clarke University United States Charles Flynn Jr President College of Mount Saint Vincent United States Helen J Streubert President College of Saint Elizabeth United States Maryanne Stevens R S M President College of Saint Mary United States Dennis Holtschneider C M President DePaul University United States Donna Carroll President Dominican University United States Charles Dougherty Ph D President Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit United States Jeffrey von Arx S J President Fairfield University United States Anne Prisco Ph D President Felician College United States John DeGioia Ph D President Georgetown University United States Joseph Marbach Ph D President Georgian Court University United States Thayne McCulloh Ph D President Gonzaga University United States Kathleen Owens President Gwyned Mercy University United States Brother John Paige C S C President Holy Cross College United States S Maureen McGarrity C S F N President Holy Family University United States Robert Niehoff S J President John Carroll University United States Candace Introcaso C D P President La Roche College United States Linda LeMura President Le Moyne College United States Jim Collins President Loras College United States David Livingston Ph D President Lourdes University United States Timothy Law Snyder President Loyola Marymount University United States Rev Michael Garanzini S J Chancellor Loyola University Chicago United States Rev Brian F Linnane S J President Loyola University Maryland United States Kevin Wildes S J President Loyola University New Orleans United States Brennan O Donnell President Manhattan College United States Michael Lovell Ph D President Marquette University United States Anne Munley IHM President Marywood University United States Thomas Gamble Ph D President Mercyhurst University United States Thomas Botzman Ph D President Misericordia University United States Laurie Hamen J D President Mount Mercy University United States Joel Thierstein J D Ph D Interim President Mount St Joseph University United States Simon Newman Ph D President Mount Saint Mary s University James Maher C M President Niagara University United States Judith Maxwell Greig President Notre Dame de Namur University United States Marylou Yam President Notre Dame of Maryland University United States Jane Ann Slater CDP PhD President Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio United States John Fitzgibbons S J President Regis University United States Thomas Curran S J President Rockhurst University United States John Petillo Ph D President Sacred Heart University United States Steven DiSalvo Ph D President Saint Anselm College United States Michael McKale PROFESSOR Saint Francis University United States Dr James Dlugos President Saint Joseph s College of Maine United States Kevin Gillespie S J President Saint Joseph s University United States Fred Pestello President Saint Louis University United States Roy Heynderickx Ph D President Saint Martin s University United States Dottie King Ph D President Saint Mary of the Woods College United States Carol Ann Mooney

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  • Pope Francis
    and Education Resources DONATE Search Blog Latest News You are here Home Quotes Pope Francis Quotes Pope Francis Pope Francis September 12 2015 1 Comment in Pope Francis Quotes Quotes by ISN Staff Facebook 4 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Twitter 4 Pope Francis We Are Guardians of Creation Facebook 4 Google 0 Linkedin 0 Twitter 4 Tags climate change environment Pope Francis http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2015 09 beauty wisdom jpg 800 800 ISN Staff http ignatiansolidarity net wp content uploads 2013 04 ISN Color Transparent Large png ISN Staff 2015 09 12 10 38 18 2015 09 12 10 38 18 Pope Francis You might also like Pope Francis One Human Family Food for All Pope Francis Homily for Mass at U S Mexico Border Lent Breaking the Bonds of a Throwaway Culture Asia Pacific Jesuit Conference Expresses Support for Pope Francis s Encyclical Pope Francis Address to U S Congress September 24 2015 Pope Francis Meets with Cristo Rey Jesuit Students During Satellite Meeting Prior to U S Visit Day 34 Let the One Among You Day 37 Identity and Security 1 reply john wheeler says December 15 2015 at 12 52 pm thank you Reply Leave a Reply Want to join the discussion Feel free to contribute Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Comment Name Email Website Receive ISN Updates Action Alerts Email Address First Name Issue Interests Environmental Justice Fair Trade Immigration Domestic Poverty Worker Rights Human Rights in Latin America From the ISN Blogs Nicaragua The Irony of Electric Trees April 19 2016 11 58 am DACA DAPA I stand with my brothers and sisters who are undocumented today April 18 2016 10 42 am Pope Francis In the Service of Solidarity With

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