On Thursday September 24, Pope Francis called on Americans to embrace immigrants across the globe during his 45-minute address to a joint meeting of Congress. He also spoke about the importance of family, combating violence and fighting poverty. Here is a collection of the pontiff’s Top Ten Quotes:
1. “We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us once were foreigners.”
2. “Our efforts must aim at restoring hope, righting wrongs, maintaining commitments, and thus promoting the well-being of individuals and of peoples.”
3. “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.”
4. “To imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place.”
5. “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.”
6. “The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes.”
7. “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.”
8. “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.”
9. Today we live in a culture which pressures young people not to start a family, because they lack possibilities for the future.
10. A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, or 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.