Pope Francis FULL SPEECH to US Congress – Pope Delivers Historic Speech before US Congress – 9-24-15

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Published on Sep 24, 2015

Pope Francis Makes Passionate Speech on Capitol Hill. Pope Francis Address to Joint Meeting of Congress. Il discorso integrale di Papa Francesco al Congresso degli Stati Uniti. Dall’immigrazione alla pena di morte, tanti i temi affrontati dal Pontefice nel suo storico intervento. Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress, the first pontiff in history to address both chambers. Pope Francis speech puts Congress on defensive over immigration, climate and more. Pope Francis makes historic address to US Congress. Pope Francis has become the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of the US Congress, where he received a warm welcome from more than 500 lawmakers, justices and officials.

He was greeted at the US Capitol by Speaker of the House John Boehner, who is Catholic, and then entered the chamber to thunderous applause.

He began his speech by warning of the dangers of “ideological extremism”.

And he emphasised the importance of welcoming immigrants.

He said the world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since World War Two, and noted that thousands travel north into the US for a better life every year.
“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,” he said.

Also in the speech:
◾he related the work of lawmakers to that of Moses, saying they had a responsibility to promote unity through “just legislation”
◾the world must be attentive to “fundamentalism, whether religious or of any other kind”
◾touched on economic inequality saying “even in the developed world, the effects of unjust structure and actions are all too apparent”
◾renewed calls for “the global abolition of the death penalty” saying criminals should be rehabilitated
◾he reaffirmed his “esteem and appreciation” to the indigenous people of the Americas who faced “turbulent and violent” contacts with colonising powers
◾noting that most Congress members were the descendents of migrants, he urged them to “treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated”

After finishing with the words “God bless America”, he received a prolonged standing ovation.

Thousands of people have gathered on the West Lawn of the Capitol hoping to see the 78-year-old Argentine pontiff.
Sitting behind him was Vice President Joe Biden and Mr Boehner, the first and second in line to the presidency, who are both Roman Catholics.

Mr Boehner, a Republican, is a former altar boy who invited the Pope to speak after failing to persuade his two predecessors to do likewise. He has ruled out fears that Francis – who has a reputation for being politically engaged – will stir up controversy.

“The Pope transcends all of this,” Mr Boehner wrote in an online essay. “He appeals to our better angels and brings us back to our daily obligations. The best thing we can all do is listen, open our hearts to his message and reflect on his example.’

Catholics in America:
◾80 million baptised as Catholics
◾Six of the nine Supreme Court justices are Catholic
◾31% of the US Congress (22% general population)
◾One Catholic president (JFK) and one vice-president (Joe Biden)
◾Six Catholic Republicans running for president, the most ever

Later on Thursday the Pope is due to share a meal with homeless people.

On Wednesday, he upset some victims of clerical child abuse by offering sympathy to US bishops while saying little to address the suffering of the survivors, our correspondent says.

On his way to Washington from Cuba, Pope Francis told journalists that despite his criticism of capitalism he was not “a leftie”, as the media had sometimes painted him.

POPE FRANCIS – Sustainable Use of Earth – Aline Ribas @ Golden Age Of Gaia – 6-20-15

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Towards a Sustainable Use of our Common Home, Mother Earth

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2015/06/20/news-special-edition-pope-speaks-out-on-sustainable-use-of-earth/

Over the last few days we have seen numerous headlines on Pope Francis’ encyclical (one the most authoritative papal documents). Why did it have such wide repercussion in the media? Mostly because it was the first ever entirely devoted to ecological matters, addressed to every person on the planet (instead of just to the catholic community at large), and based on scientific studies (instead of only on theological documents).

Now, how did caring for Mother Earth become such an important religious matter? Because protecting Mother Earth is essential not only for the physical survival of all human beings, but also for our own spiritual welfare.

The document is named after and inspired by a canticle written by Saint Francis of Assisi (also known as the Ascended Master Kuthumi), whereby he reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.

“Praised be You my Lord through our Sister,
 Mother Earth

who sustains and governs us,

and who produces varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.”

The Pope adds that, “sister earth” is crying out, “pleading that we take another course” marked by healing and protecting her and all her inhabitants. He points out to the fact that “never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years.” Our generation is the first one in modern history with knowledge of the extent of the risks caused by our presence on the planet and, thus, faces an unprecedented challenge and responsibility, that of safeguarding continuity of human life on Earth.

The encyclical presents the vision of an “integral ecology” that highlights not only the interconnectedness of all created life, but recognizes how political, economic, social and religious values and decisions are interrelated and impact the way people live with one another on the planet and use its resources.

It calls for a rethinking of progress and for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles in order to tackle the planet’s most pressing ecological issues, from both human and natural perspectives, which include climate change, pollution, water scarcity, loss of biodiversity, and global inequality.

“Everything is related,” the Pope says, “and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river and mother earth.” Once again paraphrasing Saint Francis.

Acknowledging the complexities of national and individual circumstances, he provides some suggestions on lines of approach and actions, among others:

1.     Acknowledging current levels of consumption and combating corruption more effectively;

2.     Progressively replacing technology based on the use of high-polluting fossil fuels;

3.     Establishing political and institutional frameworks to impose obligations and prevent unacceptable actions, but also to promote best practice, to stimulate creativity in seeking new solutions and to encourage individual or group initiatives;

4.     Making substantial improvements in public transportation;

5.     Planning a diversified agriculture and the rotation of crops;

6.     Touching the heart of those who look only for gains at the expense of the poor and the environment;

7.     Turning off the lights, avoiding unnecessary waste, and recycling;

8.     Reaching out through education to spur the knowledge and example on ways to change lifestyles; and

9.     Believing that each one of us can make a difference, as we share a common responsibility for one another and the world we live in, and that being good and decent are worth it.

Pope Francis closes the document with two prayers: The first prayer includes asking God to “bring healing to our lives that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.” The second prayer includes the petition, “O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life, to prepare for a better future, for the coming of your kingdom of justice, peace, love and beauty.”

Although some may not join together in prayer, many will hopefully agree that it is time for bold, radical action on the environment as well as poverty eradication. Hence, this is a timely and unprecedented initiative from a high moral and ethical global authority calling out to the whole world regardless of age, gender, faith, and origin to unite on a common goal, that of securing a sustainable usufruct of our common home.  It is also a key milestone in what we are to see more and more in the coming years, public acknowledgement of the inherent interconnection between spirituality and science.

Clearly, a new level of thinking is unfolding as a result of the shifting process of our collective consciousness, which is paving the way to a significant transformational change in all aspects of our human lives. I feel extremely blessed and thrilled to witness this historic and unprecedented opportunity for humanity to come together, define and set foot on a pathway that will manifest the peace, prosperity and love we all envision for our beloved Nova Earth.

Pope’s Encyclical on CNN

Pope Francis’s Environmental Encyclical: 13 Things to Know and Share, by Jimmy Akin, in Catholic Answers

Welcome to the Anthropocene (a 3-minute video on how humanity grew into Earth’s single largest driving force of change):

Exercising our birthright to Sustainable Abundance. Namastê!

Found at:

http://goldenageofgaia.com/2015/06/20/news-special-edition-pope-speaks-out-on-sustainable-use-of-earth/

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Pope Francis States Ideological Christians Have An “Illness”

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After only stepping into power earlier in 2013 after Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation, Pope Francis is creating quite the stir around his views on the “extremist” ideals of the Christian Right.

Pope Francis recently made quite the stir after commenting on the ideological purity in religion, particularly with regards to Christianity, claiming that such ideological extremism is dangerous to the entire world. This statement is pretty massive in respect to the current state of Christianity.  During a daily Mass in late October, the Pope spoke about economic inequality and anti-gay/anti-abortion opinions which have been at the forefront of American Christianity for the longest time.

According to a report from Radio Vatican, the Pope was quoted as stated the following:

“In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid. And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements. The faith becomes ideology and ideology frightens, ideology chases away the people, distances, distances the people and distances of the Church of the people. But it is a serious illness, this of ideological Christians. It is an illness, but it is not new, eh?”

Pope Francis’ statement is a radical one to say the least; no Pope prior to his reign has ever talked about Christianity in such a light. The beliefs around homosexuality, abortion, and contraception have held strong within the religion for many years now, and have been the cause of much protest and disagreement within North American society. Pope Francis suggests that the war on abortion has gone too far, and that homosexuals should not be hated in the way that is promoted by the extreme ideals of the Christian Right. He also states that this extremism has damaged religion today by abandoning the true teachings of Jesus, turning many away from its following.

The question begs, what could be the reason Pope Francis is suddenly speaking out against the theology in a way that rejects its deepest dogmas?  Perhaps the goal of Pope Francis is to transform the rigidity of a religion that has been so established in its views. Maybe the Pope is trying to attract a wider audience by promoting more liberal beliefs after the controversy that has plagued the Vatican the past few years, with allegations of pedophilia within the hierarchy circles and the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI earlier this year. It could be that Pope Francis is the radical leader who is going to make some changes within the archaic traditions of Christianity.

What is clear is that this is a major moment in the history of religion, and the words of Pope Francis could be a spark a large divide within the religious communities. What do you think of Pope Francis’s words?

 ^^Pope Francis stating his views on Christianity’s current state

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