BY THE GRACE OF GOD WE HAVE MANY WISE PERSONS ON EARTH TODAY WHO SHARE THEIR WISDOM WITH HUMANITY. POPE FRANCIS SPEAKS WITH SIMPLICITY ABOUT EMBRACING OUR HUMAN VALUES AND DIGNITY AS HUMAN BEINGS WITH ENDEARING HUMILITY AND INSPIRATION. HE SPEAKS ABOUT LIVING FREE FROM WARFARE AND JUDGEMENT OF OTHERS RELIGIONS AS ONE HUMANITY HELPING EACH OTHER AND PROTECTING OUR EARTH. POPE FRANCIS SPEAKS ABOUT THE PURPOSE OF POLITICS BEING TO HELP THE PEOPLE. HE SPEAKS HIGHLY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, MARTIN LUTHER KING, DOROTHY DAY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING DREAMS AND RESPECT FOR IMMIGRANTS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS AND ALL PERSONS REGARDLESS OF RACE AND NATIONALITY. POPE FRANCIS SPEAKS ABOUT THE ONGOING REFUGEE CRISIS WORLDWIDE BEING THE WORST SINCE WORLD WAR TWO AND THE NEED TO HAVE COMPASSION FOR THOSE SEEKING SAFETY AND BETTER LIVES. HE REMINDS US OF THE GOLDEN RULE “DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU.” HE GOES ON TO SAY “LET US HELP OTHERS TO GROW AS WE WOULD LIKE TO BE HELPED OURSELVES. IF WE WANT SECURITY LET US GIVE SECURITY, IF WE WANT LIFE LET US GIVE LIFE. IF WE WANT OPPORTUNITY LET US PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES. THE YARDSTICK WE USE FOR OTHERS WILL BE THE YARDSTICK WHICH TIME USE FOR US.” HE AFFIRMS HIS CONVICTION TO “HELP AND DEFEND HUMAN LIFE AT EVER STAGE OF IT’S DEVELOPMENT” AND TO “ADVOCATE THE GLOBAL ABOLITION OF THE DEATH PENALTY.”  HE GOES ON … “EVERY LIFE IS SACRED AND SOCIETY CAN ONLY BENEFIT FROM THE REHABILITATION OF THOSE CONVICTED OF CRIMES”.  HE SPEAKS ABOUT THE “CREATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH” AND THE NEED TO CONSIDER “THE COMMON GOOD OF THE EARTH…OUR COMMON HOME.” HE ASKS “WHY DO WE SELL ARMS TO OTHER COUNTRIES WHO WILL ONLY USE THEM TO HARM INNOCENT LIVES” AND GOES ON TO SAY THAT “THE SELLING OF ARMS WORLDWIDE SHOULD BE STOPPED.”

I LOVE Pope Francis and HIS UNFETTERED SENSIBILITY for LIFE, EARTH and HUMANITY.”      – Anna M Smith

Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress, the first pontiff in history to address both chambers. Watch more online here: http://cs.pn/1VaKgcy

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