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September 24, 2015
Press Release

"I was honored to be present for Pope Francis’s historic address and moved by his call for Congress to redouble its efforts to serve the most vulnerable among us and to renew our vocation as servants of the common good.

"It is not every day that we hear the Golden Rule – that universal maxim of mutual responsibility and reciprocity – invoked and applauded on the House floor. The immediate context was Pope Francis’s moving description of the refugee crisis, challenging us to 'view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories.' But the teaching took its place in a moving address that touched on numerous critical challenges facing America and the world, from the plight of the impoverished, to stewardship of the earth, to the rejection of 'ideological extremism.'

"Pope Francis returned again and again to our responsibilities to the young and to the need for citizens and elected leaders alike to devote ourselves to realizing the common good. It was an historic moment for Congress and our country, one that should prompt reflection and a renewed dedication, as he stated, 'to defend and preserve the dignity of [our] fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good.'"