Pope Francis addressed President Obama and a large crowd at the White House on Sept. 22. He gracefully touched upon some controversial issues, including gay marriage and climate change, and urged for International equality during his memorable speech. Watch it here!
He’s been praised for being progressive in his position, and Pope Francis was at it again while giving a speech at the White House on Sept. 22 during his first visit to America. Sharing viewpoints that may be controversial to devout Catholics, Francis called for international support of gay marriage and climate change while addressing the crowd.
“I will also travel to Philadelphia for the Eighth World Meeting of Families, to celebrate and support the institutions of marriage and the family at this, a critical moment in the history of our civilization,” the Pope explained, while discussing his trip. But he took things a step further than just saying he’s for all equality, and instead, urged his followers to feel the same.
“Mr. President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly intolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination,” he continued, making it clear that he wants our world as a whole to be more accepting and tolerant of everyone, no matter what their belief, race, sexual orientation, etc.
The Pope also touched on Obama’s initiative to reduce air pollution, pointing out that climate change is a real ‘problem which can no longer be left to a future generation.’ In this section of his speech, he requested that anyone listening work together to take care of our “common home.” “Such change demands on our part a serious and responsible recognition of the only kind of world we may be leaving to our children, but also to the millions of people living under a system which has overlooked them,” he said. “Our common home has been part of this group of the excluded which cries out to heaven and which powerfully strikes our homes, our cities and our societies.”
He reiterated his previous points in conclusion. “I would like all men and women of good will in this great nation to support the efforts of the international community to protect the vulnerable in our world and to stimulate integral and inclusive models of development, so that our brothers and sisters everywhere may know the blessings of peace and prosperity which God wills for all his children.” You hear that, everyone!? Don’t prey on the vulnerable — it’s all about inclusion!
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the Pope’s speech?
— Alyssa Norwin