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Also pro-environment, pro-economic stability, pro-immigration and understanding. 'Golden Rule'

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Transcript of the Pope's speech to congress:

"I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I would like to think that the reason for this is that I too am a son of this great continent, from which we have all received so much and toward which we share a common responsibility.

Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility. Your own responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this country, by your legislative activity, to grow as a nation. You are the face of its people, their representatives. You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics. A political society endures when it seeks, as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk. Legislative activity is always based on care for the people. To this you have been invited, called and convened by those who elected you.

Yours is a work which makes me reflect in two ways on the figure of Moses. On the one hand, the patriarch and lawgiver of the people of Israel symbolizes the need of peoples to keep alive their sense of unity by means of just legislation. On the other, the figure of Moses leads us directly to God and thus to the transcendent dignity of the human being. Moses provides us with a good synthesis of your work: you are asked to protect, by means of the law, the image and likeness fashioned by God on every human face.

Today I would like not only to address you, but through you the entire people of the United States. Here, together with their representatives, I would like to take this opportunity to dialogue with the many thousands of men and women who strive each day to do an honest days work, to bring home their daily bread, to save money and one step at a time to build a better life for their families. These are men and women who are not concerned simply with paying their taxes, but in their own quiet way sustain the life of society. They generate solidarity by their actions, and they create organizations which offer a helping hand to those most in need.

I would also like to enter into dialogue with the many elderly persons who are a storehouse of wisdom forged by experience, and who seek in many ways, especially through volunteer work, to share their stories and their insights. I know that many of them are retired, but still active; they keep working to build up this land. I also want to dialogue with all those young people who are working to realize their great and noble aspirations, who are not led astray by facile proposals, and who face difficult situations, often as a result of immaturity on the part of many adults. I wish to dialogue with all of you, and I would like to do so through the historical memory of your people.

My visit takes place at a time when men and women of good will are marking the anniversaries of several great Americans. The complexities of history and the reality of human weakness notwithstanding, these men and women, for all their many differences and limitations, were able by hard work and self- sacrifice some at the cost of their lives to build a better future. They shaped fundamental values which will endure forever in the spirit of the American people. A people with this spirit can live through many crises, tensions and conflicts, while always finding the resources to move forward, and to do so with dignity. These men and women offer us a way of seeing and interpreting reality. In honoring their memory, we are inspired, even amid conflicts, and in the here and now of each day, to draw upon our deepest cultural reserves.

I would like to mention four of these Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton.

This year marks the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the guardian of liberty, who labored tirelessly that this nation, under God, [might] have a new birth of freedom. Building a future of freedom requires love of the common good and cooperation in a spirit of subsidiarity and solidarity.

All of us are quite aware of, and deeply worried by, the disturbing social and political situation of the world today. Our world is increasingly a place of violent conflict, hatred and brutal atrocities, committed even in the name of God and of religion. We know that no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism. This means that we must be especially attentive to every type of fundamentalism, whether religious or of any other kind. A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetrated in the name of a religion, an ideology or an economic system, while also safeguarding religious freedom, intellectual freedom and individual freedoms. But there is another temptation which we must especially guard against: the simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil; or, if you will, the righteous and sinners. The contemporary world, with its open wounds which affect so many of our brothers and sisters, demands that we confront every form of polarization which would divide it into these two camps. We know that in the attempt to be freed of the enemy without, we can be tempted to feed the enemy within. To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place. That is something which you, as a people, reject.

Our response must instead be one of hope and healing, of peace and justice. We are asked to summon the courage and the intelligence to resolve todays many geopolitical and economic crises. Even in the developed world, the effects of unjust structures and actions are all too apparent. Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples. We must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of fraternity and solidarity, cooperating generously for the common good.

The challenges facing us today call for a renewal of that spirit of cooperation, which has accomplished so much good throughout the history of the United States. The complexity, the gravity and the urgency of these challenges demand that we pool our resources and talents, and resolve to support one another, with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience.

In this land, the various religious denominations have greatly contributed to building and strengthening society. 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. Such cooperation is a powerful resource in the battle to eliminate new global forms of slavery, born of grave injustices which can be overcome only through new policies and new forms of social consensus.

Editors Note: The following section, which was in the prepared remarks, was not included in the speech.] Here I think of the political history of the United States, where democracy is deeply rooted in the mind of the American people. All political activity must serve and promote the good of the human person and be based on respect for his or her dignity. We 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 of wealth. The right use of natural resources, the proper application of technology and the harnessing of the spirit of enterprise are essential elements of an economy which seeks to be modern, inclusive and sustainable. Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving the world. It can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the area in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the common good (Laudato Si, 129). This common good also includes the earth, a central theme of the encyclical which I recently wrote in order to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home (ibid., 3). We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all (ibid., 14).

In Laudato Si, I call for a courageous and responsible effort to redirect our steps (ibid., 61), and to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity. I am convinced that we can make a difference and I have no doubt that the United States and this Congress have an important role to play. Now is the time for courageous actions and strategies, aimed at implementing a culture of care (ibid., 231) and an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature (ibid., 139). We have the freedom needed to limit and direct technology (ibid., 112); to devise intelligent ways of developing and limiting our power (ibid., 78); and to put technology at the service of another type of progress, one which is healthier, more human, more social, more integral (ibid., 112). In this regard, I am confident that Americas outstanding academic and research institutions can make a vital contribution in the years ahead.

A century ago, at the beginning of the Great War, which Pope Benedict XV termed a pointless slaughter, another notable American was born: the Cistercian monk Thomas Merton. He remains a source of spiritual inspiration and a guide for many people. In his autobiography he wrote: I came into the world. Free by nature, in the image of God, I was nevertheless the prisoner of my own violence and my own selfishness, in the image of the world into which I was born. That world was the picture of Hell, full of men like myself, loving God, and yet hating him; born to love him, living instead in fear of hopeless self-contradictory hungers. Merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions.

From this perspective of dialogue, I would like to recognize the efforts made in recent months to help overcome historic differences linked to painful episodes of the past. It is my duty to build bridges and to help all men and women, in any way possible, to do the same. When countries which have been at odds resume the path of dialogue a dialogue which may have been interrupted for the most legitimate of reasons new opportunities open up for all. This has required, and requires, courage and daring, which is not the same as irresponsibility. A good political leader is one who, with the interests of all in mind, seizes the moment in a spirit of openness and pragmatism. A good political leader always opts to initiate processes rather than possessing spaces (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 222-223).

Being at the service of dialogue and peace also means being truly determined to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world. Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.

Three sons and a daughter of this land, four individuals and four dreams: Lincoln, liberty; Martin Luther King, liberty in plurality and non-exclusion; Dorothy Day, social justice and the rights of persons; and Thomas Merton, the capacity for dialogue and openness to God.

Four representatives of the American people.

I will end my visit to your country in Philadelphia, where I will take part in the World Meeting of Families. It is my wish that throughout my visit the family should be a recurrent theme. How essential the family has been to the building of this country! And how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement! Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life.

In particular, I would like to call attention to those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young. For many of them, a future filled with countless possibilities beckons, yet so many others seem disoriented and aimless, trapped in a hopeless maze of violence, abuse and despair. Their problems are our problems. We cannot avoid them. We need to face them together, to talk about them and to seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions. At the risk of oversimplifying, we might say that we live in a culture which pressures young people not to start a family, because they lack possibilities for the future. Yet this same culture presents others with so many options that they too are dissuaded from starting a family.

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.

In these remarks I have sought to present some of the richness of your cultural heritage, of the spirit of the American people. It is my desire that this spirit continue to develop and grow, so that as many young people as possible can inherit and dwell in a land which has inspired so many people to dream.

God bless America!"

http://time.com/4048176/pope-francis-us-visit-congress-transcript/

Just a reminder that there have been some truly great Americans in history, and they've actually been a shining light towards establishing freedoms and rights of people.

Hopefully this reminder serves as a wake up call for some people down there who literally want to build walls and blame everyone else for their own petty problems.

Hopefully this also serves as a wake up call for those who want to wage war and hate, in that you're just replacing the destructive enemy you hate with your own hate and destruction.

We need cooperation, not division, when trying to solve the world's problems.

ps. Note what he didn't say, but was going to? Interesting. Maybe he was bought too.

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Strange that pro-illegal immigration has tried to rebrand itself "pro immigration", as if the US isn't issuing around a million immigrant visas a year already and isn't immigrant friendly. They just need to take it a step further and pretend immigration laws don't exist, otherwise racist.

I'm glad though people could take their time to admire the spiel of a Pope who was part of a church for decades covering up sexual abuse of children, threatening that anyone who actually went to the police or public with it would be kicked out of the church and sent to hell. God just loves child molesters.

But never mind all that, he says a bunch of nonsense some people want to hear.. he's just so dreamy, isn't he? He's partly on my side politically, therefore let's just pretend none of that other stuff ever happened.

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Strange that pro-illegal immigration has tried to rebrand itself "pro immigration", as if the US isn't issuing around a million immigrant visas a year already and isn't immigrant friendly. They just need to take it a step further and pretend immigration laws don't exist, otherwise racist.

I'm glad though people could take their time to admire the spiel of a Pope who was part of a church for decades covering up sexual abuse of children, threatening that anyone who actually went to the police or public with it would be kicked out of the church and sent to hell. God just loves child molesters.

But never mind all that, he says a bunch of nonsense some people want to hear.. he's just so dreamy, isn't he? He's partly on my side politically, therefore let's just pretend none of that other stuff ever happened.

I'd rather never mind this bunch of nonsense that nobody wants to hear.

Ambien literally puts you to sleep. I think we're better off being awake. ;)

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Father Guido Sarducci was the best pope, funniest one as well.

What about Pope Scotty I and Pope Cooper I?

I'd rather never mind this bunch of nonsense that nobody wants to hear.

Ambien literally puts you to sleep. I think we're better off being awake. ;)

I agree, that Pope is so sexy isn't he?
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I can see why the Pope resonates so much with the left, even though he says the kind of crap every other Pope says:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/09/24/pope-urges-congress-reject-mindset-hostility-toward-immigrants/

Pope Relates U.S. Immigration Policy to Slaughter of Native Americans…Tells Congress to Reject ‘Mindset of Hostility’…

Pope Francis is urging Americans to not “repeat the sins and the errors of the past,” and to treat immigrants better than European settlers treated the American Indians.

Drawing inspiration from Martin Luther King Jr’s 1963 speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Pope called America “a land of dreams” that inspires us all, during his historic speech to a joint session of Congress.

“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,” he said.

“I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants,” he said.

At this point the Pope turned to the topic of how Americans treated the Indians. “Tragically,” he said, “the rights of those who were here long before us were not always respected.”

Gotta love that slaughter of Mexican immigrants (just missing the proof that the US is killing them), because they have the right to come to the US regardless of US laws. Pope has decreed, therefore it is so.

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Pope/World Bank Have Initiated a Plan to Eradicate Poverty

On his first official visit to the United States, Pope Francis is addressing a variety of major issues and global challenges, including strategies for helping the billion or so people on the planet trapped in a cycle of extreme poverty.

It's a mission at the core of another hugely powerful international organization: The World Bank. Soon after Francis became pope in 2013, one of the first people that he met with was Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the former Dartmouth president who was called on by President Obama in 2012 to head the World Bank.

At that meeting, the president of the World Bank and the pope together made a pledge to do all they could to end extreme poverty.

Jim Yong Kim talks with The Takeaway about Pope Francis and their shared goals.

What you'll learn from this segment:

The primary goals and initiatives the World Bank is currently undertaking

How we can end extreme poverty and boost prosperity by 2030

How faith figures, citizens and the private sector can fight poverty

http://www.thetakeaway.org/story/president-world-bank-and-his-plan-eradicate-poverty/

World Bank President Outlines Strategy to End Poverty, Welcomes New Development Partners

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2015 World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim today announced a broad strategy to end extreme poverty by 2030, and he welcomed emerging players such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank, established by the BRICS countries, as potentially strong allies in the economic development of poor countries and emerging markets.

If the worlds multilateral banks, including the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank, can form alliances, work together, and support development that addresses these challenges, we all benefit especially the poor and most vulnerable, said Kim. It is our hope indeed, our expectation that these new entries will join the worlds multilateral development banks and our private sector partners on a shared mission to promote economic growth that helps the poorest.

I will do everything in my power to find new and innovative ways to work with these new institutions.

Speaking today at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington in advance of the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, Kim noted that to achieve the World Banks twin goals ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity among the poorest 40 percent in low- and middle-income countries there is more than enough work to go around.

The new multilateral banks could help bridge financing gaps in areas such as infrastructure, energy, and water, said Kim. We estimate that the world needs an additional US$1 to 1.5 trillion dollars every year to be invested in infrastructure roads, bridges, railways, airports, and energy plants. By 2030, we will most likely also need 40 percent more energy and face a 40 percent shortfall of water pressures that may well be further accelerated by climate change.

Kim hailed the substantial development progress over the past 25 years. In 1990, when the world population was 5.2 billion, 36 percent of the world lived in extreme poverty. Today with 7.3 billion people -- an estimated 12 percent live in poverty. Over the past 25 years, the world has gone from nearly 2 billion people living in extreme poverty to fewer than 1 billion.

However, Kim noted that there are still nearly a billion people living on less than US$1.25 a day.

Few of us can even imagine what this must be like. Lets remember what poverty is. Poverty is 2.5 billion people not having access to financial accounts. Poverty is 1.4 billion people without access to electricity. Poverty is also putting your children to bed without food. And poverty is not going to school because everyone in the family needs to earn a few cents each day.

To meet this challenge, Kim outlined a strategy to end extreme poverty, based on the best global knowledge now available, that he summed up in three words: Grow, Invest, and Insure.

The world economy needs to grow faster, and grow more sustainably. It needs to grow in a way that makes sure some of our vast wealth goes to the poor.

The second part of the strategy is to invest and by that, I mean especially to invest in people through education and health.

The final part of the strategy is to insure. This means governments providing social safety nets as well as building systems to protect against disasters and the rapid spread of disease.

Kim said there was no single blueprint for countries on how they deploy the three-pronged strategy to end extreme poverty, but that it pointed to priorities for the future.

First, agricultural productivity must increase. Second, we must build infrastructure that provides access to energy, irrigation, and markets. Third, we must promote greater and freer trade. Fourth, we must invest in the health and education of women and children. And fifth, we must implement social safety nets and provide social insurance, including initiatives that protect against the impact of natural disasters and pandemics.

2015 is the most important year for global development in recent times, said Kim, and the decisions made this year will have an unprecedented impact on the lives of several billion people across the world for generations to come.

In July, world leaders will gather in Addis Ababa to discuss how we will finance our development priorities in the years ahead. In September, world leaders come together at the United Nations to establish the Sustainable Development Goals a group of targets and goals set for 2030 just 15 years from now. And in December, leaders of countries again will gather in Paris to work out an agreement based on government commitments to lessen the severe short- and long-term risks of climate change.

The end of extreme poverty is in reach, Kim stated, but to achieve this ambitious goal would require greater collaboration between governments, the private sector, and multilateral development bank partners, including the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank.

The decisions we make this year, and the alliances we form with other institutions in the years ahead, will help determine whether we have a chance to reach our goal of ending extreme poverty in just 15 years.

http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2015/04/07/world-bank-president-strategy-end-poverty-new-development-partners

Looks like a fairly socialist plan, funded by the backbone of capitalism.

But note the key word: 'IF'. He's pretty much putting it on BRICS (China, Russia, India) to unite with the World Bank so they can solve the world poverty problem. 'If' that doesn't happen, what then?

These things are obviously way out of our scope as individuals, but all the people around the world are onboard with it, and that ultimately drives political action. So hopefully it works out for the best.

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You mean the histroic walls with the multiple that anyone in the world is welcome to walk though?

Last I checked, even a proposed border fence has openings too, called POE's (points of entry). And people can even cross them!

Apparently hypocrisy isn't in the Papal lexicon.

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Strange that pro-illegal immigration has tried to rebrand itself "pro immigration", as if the US isn't issuing around a million immigrant visas a year already and isn't immigrant friendly. They just need to take it a step further and pretend immigration laws don't exist, otherwise racist.

I'm glad though people could take their time to admire the spiel of a Pope who was part of a church for decades covering up sexual abuse of children, threatening that anyone who actually went to the police or public with it would be kicked out of the church and sent to hell. God just loves child molesters.

But never mind all that, he says a bunch of nonsense some people want to hear.. he's just so dreamy, isn't he? He's partly on my side politically, therefore let's just pretend none of that other stuff ever happened.

When you can't attack the person, attack the religion right? I for one am not a Catholic and agree the Cathloic Church has many faults including the recent history of sexual abuse, but to hang that all on a recently elected Pope isn't fair. Both he and the previous Pope (who I was not a fan of) have apologized and taken steps to prevent abuse. Can more be done? Of course, I for one would love to see them permit preists to marry and allow female preists but let's not let that take away from the current Pope's inspiring message which is simply about respecting those around you and the world you live in.

In terms of immigration his point about the golden rule is brilliant. If we truly beleive we should do onto others as we would have them do onto us, then we need to put ourselves into the shoes of those so desperate to come to our country. As he pointed out America (and Canada) is a nation founded on immagtion why should we now turn our backs onto others by literally building walls.

This isn't about politics or "sides", he was simply reminding us of the vision of great Americans and helping remind those Americans in power of the orginal vision for America as a land of acceptance.

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When you can't attack the person, attack the religion right? I for one am not a Catholic and agree the Cathloic Church has many faults including the recent history of sexual abuse, to to hang that all on a recently elected Pope isn't fair. Both he and the previous Pope (who I was not a fan of) have apologized and taken steps to prevent abuse. Csn more be done? Of course, I for one would love to see them permit preist to marry and allow female preists but let's not that that away from the current Pope's inspiring message which is simply about respecting those around you and the world you live in.

In terms of immigration his point about the golden rule is brilliant. If we truly beleive we should do onto others as we would have them do onto us, then we need to put ourselves into the shoes of those so desperate to come to our country. As he pointed out America (and Canada) is a nation founded on immagtion why should we now turn our backs onto others by literally building walls.

This isn't about politics or "sides", he was simply reminding us of the vision of great Americans and helping remind those Americans in power of the orginal vision for America as a land of acceptance.

We can't afford them. Neither the US nor Canada.

And Canada is by far a more "social" country, so it's that much more imperative for the sake of social programs that are coveted that illegals don't get in to drain those systems.

In the US, illegals bankrupt cities, counties, townships, etc. I witnessed this in California. What were programs simply to aid the needy were transformed into programs solely to aid illegal immigrants because they couldn't afford to help their own needy. It's ridiculous.

The idea of everyone having a better life in our countries is great, but it's simply not do-able. To have so many illegals in Canada, we'd have to give up a lot of things we enjoy now, and I don't see many Canadians lining up to do so. And why should they?

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