Rush Statement on Pope Francis’ Historic Address to Congress
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after Pope Francis address to a Joint Session of Congress:
“I am humbled by Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. and his address to Congress. It was an honor to listen to his profound message of social responsibility and compassionate care.
“I thank the Pope for reminding us that as Members of Congress we share in the responsibility to serve the people who elected us. It is our responsibility to defend and preserve the dignity of every citizen in the endless and demanding pursuit of the common good; this is the ‘chief aim of all politics’.
“As the Pope addressed the needs of the poor in our world it touched a chord with work that I do in Congress. Recognizing much more work has to be done in this millennium to raise people out of extreme poverty which can only be solved through global solidarity. As there are so many who are trapped in a cycle of poverty and need to be given hope.
“The Pope also addressed climate change and our ability to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by humans. I agree with the Pope that we can make a difference and play a major role in taking action and implementing strategies for change.”