This week has been a seminal moment for the United States of America with the arrival and presence of Pope Francis in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. The spiritual leader of more than 1.2 billion Catholics transcended religion and ideology, while at the same time embracing them.
His unprecedented and historic address to the joint Congress was the cornerstone of his visit. No one in recent memory was able to speak to the themes that are important to both sides of the aisle while at the same time calling for unity and strength from our political leaders. He did not just call for compromise, but compassion and that compassion meant compassion for each other's differences.
Pope Francis is a bridge builder. His themes were both conservative and liberal and I was struck that he moved many of the members to tears with his eloquence and simple clear message.
It has been a long time since someone has said to the members of Congress that they have a "service to unity"
I will end on Pope Francis' words: "I encourage you, then, to confront the challenging issues of our time. Ever present within each of them is life as gift and responsibility. The future freedom and dignity of our societies depends on how we face these challenges."
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