Today, history was made before our eyes as Pope Francis, the Holy See of Rome, was the first pontiff to address the U.S. Congress. Using historical heroes to frame his talk, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr, Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton, he addressed the current refugee crisis, immigration, care for creation, gun control, and the death penalty, among other topics.
In his speech, he championed care for the other and for creation. He directed his comments to the American people and to the leaders of the U.S. He stated, “A good political leader must initiate processes, rather than posses space.” His worlds challenge us to action and to consider the lifestyle choices we make on a daily basis. We must, according to Francis, choose love. For more about this historic event, visit the NPR website.