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Pope Francis, the first pope to address the American Congress, called for solidarity for the common good with dialogue, compassion and shared responsibility to restore hope and promote the well being of all peoples.

He cited four Americans, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton who exemplified America as a land of dreams.  The pope cited our country’s values of liberty and justice to remind us of the hope for all peoples to inherit the right to dream.

When the pope talked about the refugee crisis, he reminded us that most of us were once foreigners.  Pope Francis touched on the Golden Rule and how every life is sacred.  The pope said, “A delicate balance is required to combat violence perpetrated in the name of a religion”.

What makes this pope so remarkable and engaging? The Pope wants to engage with us and have a conversation.  He reminds us of our shared humanity and potential.

He speaks for all of us, not just the 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide “to build as one, the greatest common good.”. 

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