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Pope Francis To Congress: You Must Reject Hostility Towards Immigrants

Pope Francis, the first Pope to ever address the United States Congress, made his message loud and clear this morning when he told the gathered lawmakers that they must welcome immigrants and reject all hostility towards them.

The Pontiff said the United States “must not repeat the sins and the errors of the past” when it comes to the issue of immigration:

“Building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mindset of hostility.”

One wonders how Donald Trump, who has made the deportation of all Mexican immigrants and building a wall on the border with Mexico a centerpiece of his campaign, will react to the Pope’s message.

Pope Francis spoke to the Congress in English and also added that America should not be put off by the number of immigrants who are trying to make the United States their home:

“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. To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal.”

The Pontiff also talked about war and the need for nations to stop selling weapons to those who use them to harm others:

“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.”

Interestingly, the Pope also made reference to civil rights, directly invoking the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“Here too I think of the march which Martin Luther King led from Selma to Montgomery fifty years ago as part of the campaign to fulfill his ‘dream’ of full civil and political rights for African-Americans.”

U.S. Congressman John Lewis, who fought alongside Dr. King in the march for full rights for African-Americans, was visibly moved by the Pope’s comments.

Pope Francis will leave for New York once he has completed his stay in the nation’s capital.

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.

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Fox Host Goes On 20-Minute Tirade After The Pope Praises Obama On Climate Change (Video)

While he was speaking at the White House earlier today, Pope Francis happened to bring up the subject of climate change and said:

“Mr. President, I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution. Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our common home, we are living at a critical moment of history.”

But from the way Fox Business host Stuart Varney reacted, you would have thought the Pope had just told everyone to go worship Satan and burn down the Vatican. Varney, looking as if he had just been slapped in the face, declared:

“I believe the pope just walked right into the politics of climate change with a full-throated statement. It was politics, was is not? I was surprised at such an overt statement, which I thought was political statement of support for the president, President Obama, on climate change. I didn’t think that would include things like, ‘I approve of your initiative to reduce air pollution… It seems clear that climate change is a problem… It is time to change… This climate change is powerfully striking our home and our cities.’”

It is instructive to know that this is the same Stuart Varney who has called climate change “nonsense” on more than one occasion.

Varney was just getting started with his rant, also saying:

“It is extraordinary that right from the get-go, a papal visit to the United States, the first time this pope has been in America, we go right into climate change. One would have thought that maybe there are things to talk about, like the persecution and slaughter of tens of thousands of Christians in North Africa.”

Oh, so now you think you have the moral gravitas to tell the Pope what topics he should speak on, Stuart? You’re just a talking head hack who has a made a career defending the interests of big business. Do you truly believe that gives you the right to call out Pope Francis?

And Varney also added this slice of angry ignorance while he had the stage:

“Where’s the statement about saving my soul? The holy father is in the United States of America, a minister to my soul, the soul of all Catholics, all Christians. Come on!”

There are few things more ridiculous than listening to a man who has no god other than the Almighty Dollar attempt to lecture a true man of God. Hey, Stuart, put a sock in it!

Watch The Rant For Yourself

This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.